An 18-year-old Alton man was killed Saturday morning in an apparent gun accident. Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn’s office says 18-year-old Austin J. Wilcox of the 700 block of Washington Avenue died of a single gunshot wound to the head, and it appears to be accidental.
Wilcox was pronounced dead just after 1:30am Saturday, having been found seated in a living room chair showing no signs of life. Witnesses say Wilcox was playing with a new semi-automatic handgun, but was not functioning and would not fire. At some point while the group was watching television they claim to have heard a gunshot. Routine toxicological testing will be performed.