6-Year-Old Shot, Killed by 4-Year-Old Neighbor
NJ boy was shot in head with .22 rifle
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – For the second time in the space of a few days, a 4-year-old has been involved in a deadly shooting. Police say 6-year-old Brandon Holt of New Jersey died a day after being shot in the head by the other child as their parents stood in a yard nearby, CNN reports. The 4-year-old went into his house and came back with a .22 caliber rifle that discharged accidentally, hitting Brandon from about 15 yards away, authorities say.

Prosecutors say it is too early in the investigation to determine whether anybody will be charged in the shooting. "I'm sad for the children involved and their families, but I'm angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it. A 4-year-old can't load a gun," a neighbor tells the AP. "I had just been telling my sister how nice it is to see kids playing together and enjoying themselves, and then this happens." Over the weekend, a 4-year-old in Tennessee shot and killed a deputy's wife, apparently by accident.

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Apr 12, 2013 1:11 AM CDT
Guns, guns, guns......
Apr 10, 2013 5:51 PM CDT
Outrageous that a little child (or any child) would have access to a gun. Any kid would play with it, not being old enough to know what could happen. I say hold the gun owner responsible and impose very harsh penalties. Not that it would teach any other irresponsible gun owners anything. They are too dang dense. In the house where I live (in a pretty middle-class neighborhood), the previous homeowner was cleaning his gun on the fourth of July; it somehow went off and killed him. Thank God it killed no one else. And when I bought this house, there were no disclosure laws that required potential buyers to be notified about this. My neighbors told me after I moved in. I still like my home, but don't know if I would have bought it if I'd been informed.
Apr 10, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
If only that 6-year old had had a gun, the outcome would have been sooooo different.