Teen 'playing' with gun kills self

News-DemocratJuly 14, 2014 

An 18-year-old died in the early morning hours of Saturday after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun, according to Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn.

Austin J. Wilcox, of Alton, was found dead seated in a living room chair at his apartment at 746 Washington Ave. at 1:34 a.m. July 12.

Witnesses watching television in the apartment said Wilcox had been "playing" with a recently obtained semi-automatic handgun when they heard a gunshot. The witnesses turned to see Wilcox had shot himself in the head with the handgun.

Elisa-Smith Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

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