WEWOKA, Okla. – The life of an 8-year-old boy was claimed Saturday in a tragic accident.
Katie, a Wewoka resident, said, “Everyone is talking about it. Everybody’s mourning about it.”
On Saturday, officials say 8-year-old Lane Azlin slipped on ice while hunting.
As he fell, his .22 pistol went off, causing him to shoot himself.
A short time later, Lane died from his injuries.
It happened just north of the town of Wewoka.
While not everyone in town knew Lane, most know of his family.
Undersheriff Chris Conn, with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, said, “I know the mother and father, they’re very good people and probably taught him everything he would need to know about safety with the gun.”
Conn added, “One of the kids said the kid slipped on some ice, everything points to that’s what happened.”
In town, news of what happened has spread quickly and many people are too distraught to talk about it.
Those in Wewoka say the family is well-respected; Lane’s father is said to be a pastor of a local church and his mother is a teacher.
Conn said, “The family is a great family in this community. It’s a terrible loss.”
School officials, out of respect for the family, declined to comment on camera.
They tell us they have a grief plan in place and are doing what they can to take care of all students and faculty after this tragedy.
On Facebook, members of the community are showing their support by posting a picture of Lane as their profile picture.
Lane’s basketball team posted a video showing him at a recent practice.
In honor of him, the team will play one more game and then forfeit the remainder of their season.
Katie said, “Our prayers go out to them. Everyone in town is praying for them. I just hope they find some peace.”
The sheriff’s office tells us they have ruled this an accidental shooting and no charges will be filed in the case.