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Boy, 15, killed after gun goes off in friend's home, police say

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A 15-year-old boy was killed in New Castle after a gun in the hand of a 19-year-old discharged, according to police.

Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Liberty Street around 1:36 a.m. Saturday for an unresponsive male.

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When they arrived, officers saw Zach Mulford, 15, lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. A friend of Mulford was still on scene and attempted CPR, but Mulford died from his injuries.

Police said Mulford and his friend went to a residence to hang out with other friends. When they knocked on the door, 19-year-old Kyle Harris opened the door holding a gun.

When Harris realized who was knocking, he lowered his gun and let them both in, police said. As Harris removed the magazine from the gun and began to clear the chamber, the weapon discharged and struck Mulford.

(Kyle Harris/ Lawrence County Jail)

Harris fled before officers arrived. Police said he subsequently turned himself in and provided a matching statement to a witness at the scene.

He also showed officers where the gun was. Police said it was stolen.

Harris is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property.

Mulford's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

Zach’s mother, Stacy Mulford, held back tears as she spoke about him with Channel 11, saying she just wanted people to know that Zach was a good kid.


He was one of seven children and a role model to his two younger siblings, she said. He was a student at Agora Cyber School who loved band and robotics, which he planned to pursue in college.

“He’d get so excited and he’d just be so happy because he was getting to do something with his hands and build it. He just loved it,” she said. “This is hard. He had his future planned out and how he doesn’t have his future anymore.”

PRESS RELEASE SHOOTING DEATH On 12/8/2018 at approximately 1:36 am the New Castle City Police Department was dispatched...

Posted by New Castle Police Department on Saturday, December 8, 2018
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