Story to be updated as information becomes available.

A 9-year-old boy has died after he was shot with a semi-automatic handgun at a Belgrade residence earlier today.

At around 10 a.m. Thursday, the Belgrade Police Department received report of a youth who had been shot in the 1000 block of Cardinal Drive in Belgrade, according to a press release from the police department.

Upon arrival officers located a 9-year-old boy who had been shot once with a semi-automatic handgun. Responding officers and Central Valley Fire Department provided medical assistance on the scene. The youth was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The weapon involved has been located and secured. Police say they are confident that there is no risk to the public and the incident is contained.

Detectives from the Belgrade Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and coroner are conducting an investigation into the incident to determine the exact cause of this tragedy.

"Detectives are working diligently to get factual information to put closure to this incident. Detectives need time to work this case and obtain the facts that will direct them to the exact circumstances surrounding this incident," the release states.

Updates will be provided as this investigation proceeds towards a conclusion.

Names are not being released at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Belgrade Police Department 388-4262.

"This type of incident reminds us all how very precious our loved ones are to us and the community as a whole," Belgrade Police Chief E.J. Clark said at the conclusion of the press release.

KMMS AM 1450 has reached out to Belgrade Mayor Russ Nelson for further information on this devastating situation. Although he was unable to say much more at the time, Nelson did say the area of Cardinal Drive has historically been one of the safer places in Belgrade and that this is a shock to the city.

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