Toddler Shot to Death by Brother, 3
Loaded, unlocked gun found in friend's apartment
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2014 10:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two young brothers were playing in the Arizona apartment of their mother's elderly friend yesterday when they found a gun—and the 3-year-old accidentally shot his 18-month-old brother in the head, killing him. Their mother says she went to find her sons no more than 15 minutes into the visit, per police; the gun went off just as she entered the room they were in, KTVK reports. The semi-automatic gun was not locked up, Payson police say, and there were other weapons in the home.

"The apartment that this occurred in was a family friend of the mother and two children," who "had slipped into another room unobserved by the mother and the 78-year-old occupant of the apartment," the police chief says, according to KPHO. A police press release noted they all live in the same apartment complex, and that the shooting occurred in a back bedroom. Police have served a search warrant, and are not ruling out charges against the mother or the friend. (A similar tragedy happened in Kansas about a month ago.)

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May 28, 2014 6:48 PM CDT
Do US gun owners read stories like this and simply ignore the obvious message? Is it the "this could never happen to me" syndrome or just plain ignorance?
May 28, 2014 5:16 PM CDT
Stopping these horrible acts is simple: All dwellers in the same residence where any minor is killed or kills another by a weapon that had been left within a child's reach will receive the sentence of death, unappealable, carried out immediately. This should satisfy everybody's idea of justice.
May 28, 2014 5:09 PM CDT
God and Guns make America great. If you think toddlers killing infants is great. God's will be done- Right? You NRA losers!