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US: 6-yr-old boy shot at by 4-yr-old, dies

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:39

Washington: A six-year-old boy has died in the US after being accidentally shot in head by his four-year-old neighbour while they were playing.

Brandon was playing with the four-year-old at his Toms River home in New Jersey on Monday evening when the latter left the yard and went inside.

"The 4-year-old ... Retrieved a rifle within the house, a .22-caliber rifle, came outside," according to Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy.
"... A shot went out and the 6-year-old was struck in the head."

Brandon Holt was pronounced dead yesterday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, CNN reported.

The 4-year-old, whose name was withheld, was not injured. The parents of the younger boy were home at the time of the incident.

The Atlantic County prosecutor`s office is leading the investigation to determine whether charges will be filed in the case and, if so, against whom, Mastronardy said Tuesday night.

The shooting came just days after a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee grabbed a loaded gun and accidentally shot to death the wife of a sheriff`s deputy.


First Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:39
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