CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – Clearwater police are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed Thursday morning.
The shooting happened in the 700 block of S. Lincoln Avenue at the Lindru Garden Apartments. The boy, Ian Sevostjanov was home with his mother Olga Grusetskaja. His father and brother were not home at the time.
The fifth-grade student at Belleair Elementary, was pronounced dead at the scene in a bottom-floor apartment.
Clearwater police detectives believe that Sevostjanov fired the lone gunshot in what appears to be a suicide.
Police said his mother was “addressing a behavioral issue” as he was preparing to go to school when he was sent to a room of the apartment.
Chief Daniel Slaughter said paramedics did all they could to save the boy.
“A tragedy in all respects,” Slaughter said.
He said police are looking at all angles at this point of the investigation. Officers are still speaking with the family, who he says are in a great amount of distress.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the case, which will including looking at how the firearm was stored.