DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --- Des Moines Police say the Iowa man who owned the gun used to shoot a 13-year-old boy over the weekend has been found dead.

The Des Moines Register reports 65-year-old Dennis Yohe was found with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday night.

One day earlier, 13-year-old Alec Osborn was shot in the shoulder as he and two other boys were playing with one of Yohe's guns. Osborn was treated at a hospital and released.

Police seized eight guns from Yohe's home after the incident, but they didn't take the black powder revolver he used to kill himself.

Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax says investigators had planned to pursue charges against Yohe. It's not yet clear whether prosecutors will charge the boy who shot Osborn.

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When you are not using your guns lock them up! We gun owners are responsible for keeping guns away from children and unstable adults. A simple steel gun safe will work for rifles and handguns. One can be had for less than $300. Considering the price of firearms it is good insurance against theft as well. This story is sad all the way around. Even if you don't have children in the home you must be prepared for children visiting. I lock the doors to the two rooms with gun parts and knives. A standard locking door set locks from outside but can be unlocked from inside without a key. This is very handy if you keep a firearm beside the bed at night. Kids have been known to steal guns while the parents slept. So lock the bedroom door. Never underestimate the ability of children to get into things!

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