36-Mitchell Gilliland, of Randolph County, Indiana was putting a rifle away in a gun cabinet when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The bullet struck 12-year-old Kyle Fisher in the chest. He was taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police did not say what the relationship was between Gilliland and Kyle. They have ruled the shooting an accident.
Kyle would have entered 7th grade in the fall. He enjoyed all sports, band and fishing.