Teen shot to death while playing with gun

Published February 18, 2010 8:14 pm

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A 16-year-old Salt Lake City boy died Thursday after he shot himself while playing with a gun, police said.

Maile Fine was in the living room of a friend's home in the 1200 South block of Emery Street (1170 West) when he pulled out a gun, possibly a .357 handgun, from his waistband and began playing with it, said Sione Tuione, Fine's cousin.

Tuione said he saw the East High School freshman empty bullets from the gun about 2:15 p.m.

"I told him to put it away before something bad happened," Tuione said. "... He put it to his head and he wasn't thinking and it was loaded."

Tuione said he was shocked when the gun went off.

"It just happened so fast," Tuione said. "It was crazy."

He and others in the house went outside and called police, he said. Four or five other family members were playing cards at the home or were in other areas of the house, Salt Lake City police Lt. Scott White said.

Kaisa Kinikini, who operates the anti-gang program Stand A Little Taller in Salt Lake City, said the shooting took place at his sister's home.

Kinikini's said his 21-year-old nephew was in a nearby room when the gun went off and tried to resuscitate Fine, Kinikini said.

"It's just a tragic accident," Kinikini said.

White said Fine was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the temple and later died.

Tuione said he didn't know where Fine got the gun, but Fine told him he owned it. He said Fine was an outgoing kid who liked to be around family and friends.

"He was like a little brother to me," Tuione said.

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