An 8-year-old boy was found dead Tuesday inside a home in Oakland, authorities said. Credit: Caitlin Rogers

An 8-year-old boy was found dead Tuesday inside his Oakland home after shooting himself in the head with his father’s shotgun, police said.

Parker Stevens was handling his father’s 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun inside his parent’s bedroom closet when the gun fired, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Parker’s mother, Sara Stevens, and her three younger children were on the first floor of their Church Street home when the gun fired. The boy’s father, Wade Stevens, was at work.

Sara, who didn’t hear the gunshot, went upstairs to look for her son and found him around 6 p.m. inside the closet. She called the police, who arrived just after 6 p.m. Police believe the boy shot himself about an hour before his mother found him.

Detectives said the shotgun had eight shells in the magazine tube. Parker apparently “racked on of those shells into the chamber before he fired the gun,” McCausland said.

Parker was a rising fourth-grader at Williams Elementary School in Oakland.

The boy’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday for an autopsy.

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