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Tragic Thanksgiving Shooting: Nebraska Father Mistakenly Shoots 10-Year-Old Son

In a heartbreaking incident on Thanksgiving, a Nebraska man, Will McDonald, was arrested for the fatal shooting of his 10-year-old son, Kendrick McDonald. The Omaha Police Department responded to the incident just after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

According to a police spokesperson, there is a possibility that McDonald may have mistaken his son for a car thief. The case is currently under investigation, and “some evidence” points to this theory. Will McDonald, 47, faces charges of criminal homicide, use of a weapon-gun, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The investigation revealed that someone in the residence was responding to a car alarm, leading to a tragic misunderstanding. As a young person approached the house, a shot was fired, only for McDonald to realize that the person was his 10-year-old son. Kendrick was transported to a nearby hospital by the Omaha Fire Department but tragically succumbed to the gunshot wound, according to WOWT and KETV.

In a heartfelt GoFundMe fundraiser, Kendrick’s maternal uncle described him as a “funny and active” child who enjoyed making people laugh, listening to music, and spending time with his family. The fundraiser highlighted Kendrick’s close bond with his three brothers and his love for movie nights and cuddling.

The Douglas County Attorney, Don Kleine, noted that Will McDonald has a past conviction and should not have had a gun. McDonald appeared in Douglas County Court on Tuesday, where his bond was set at $750,000. The tragic incident sheds light on the devastating consequences of firearm possession by prohibited individuals and the need for thorough investigations in cases of accidental shootings.

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