NEWARK — A 10-year-old boy was killed early Saturday inside a home on the city's West Side by a gun shot by another child, according to police.

Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Thomas S. Fennelly said police found the wounded boy after being called about 1:25 a.m. to the third-floor apartment on 19th Street in the city's West Side.

On Sunday the incident was termed a "tragic accident" by Chief Quovella Spruill of the Prosecutor's Office but said the investigation is ongoing. Spruill said there was no evidence the shots were fired into the apartment.

ABC7 Eyewitness News reported the boy was visiting his father.

This is the fourth fatal shooting in New Jersey’s largest city this week and the 11th homicide this year, according to published reports and city police crime data.

Quinzel Ward, 31, of Irvington, was shot and killed 3:41 a.m. Friday on the 100 block of Court Street, located about five blocks from the downtown federal court building.

Deborah Burton, 62, of Maplewood, was shot and killed about 3 p.m. Monday on 3rd Street in the Fairmount neighborhood of the West Ward.

Raquan Boundurant, 17, of Irvington, was shot and killed about 2 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Bergen streets in the Springfield/Belmont neighborhood of the Central Ward.

No arrests have been made in this week’s cases and prosecutors have not released other details.

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