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Police: Gunshot that killed 22-year-old near Boise State was not self-inflicted

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Boise police now believe that a 22-year-old man who died near Boise State last Friday was not the victim of an unintentional self-inflicted gunshot.

According to press release from the Boise Police Department, the shooting is still thought to be accidental, but there was someone else involved. Charges could be forthcoming even though the shooting was unintentional, police said. The case has been forwarded to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office.

Below is our previous reporting.

Boise police responded to the scene of a shooting early Friday, finding a 22-year-old Boise man dead at the scene.

The shooting occurred at around 2:45 a.m. in the 900 block of Belmont Street, according to the Boise Police Department. Police interviewed several subjects and reported that they are not looking for any suspects.

Police said they have not been able to identify a “criminal element” to the shooting. The manner of death in the shooting is under investigation.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Robert Skinner.

In a tweet from the Boise State Hockey Club, the program identified Skinner as a player on the team and the victim of “a tragic accident.” He was listed as a junior on last season’s roster.

“Not only was Bobby an amazing hockey player, he was a terrific person as well. Bobby had the ability to brighten everyone’s day,” the tweet said. “He had an infectious laugh that could be heard from rooms away. Whether in the classroom, on the ice or during day-to-day life, Bob had the ability to turn your day around.”

Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
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