Teen Kills Brother, 6, Then Himself During Dinner: Cops

Older brother injured in what Florida cops say was prompted by fight over food
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2015 9:38 AM CDT
A 13-year-old killed his 6-year-old brother, then himself, in Hudson, Fla.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An evening meal among three brothers ended in tragedy yesterday evening in Hudson, Fla. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, cops say, then wounded his 16-year-old brother before killing himself, the AP reports. The boys' mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother wasn't around. What prompted the violence: an argument over food, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a press conference, per the Tampa Tribune. "This is a nightmare when you hear about the ages," he said. "This is a horrific scene." The 16-year-old provided the details of what transpired, Nocco said, revealing that after the fight started, the 13-year-old boy disappeared, came back with a handgun, and started shooting.

The 16-year-old called 911 and also used his cellphone to post about the incident on social media; he was taken to a hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot injury, WFTS reports. The station notes that law enforcement still isn't sure how the 13-year-old got his hands on the gun. "This is tough on us as law enforcement, this is tough on a community," Nocco says. "For the friends of these two boys, this is going to be tough ... for them at school," where grief counselors will be available. A neighborhood boy, also 13, tells the Tampa Bay Times that the suspect was a quiet kid who didn't socialize much with other children in the area and that while they weren't close, "I didn't think he would ever do something like this." (A Louisiana man is accused of shooting his teen son after a fight over OJ.)

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