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Left Alone in Car, 7-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Sibling

The children found a loaded gun in their mother's purse
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2016 12:18 PM CST

(Newser) – A 7-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the head by a sibling when their parents left them alone in the car Monday afternoon in Tennessee, WBIR reports. According to NBC News, four children were waiting in the car outside a Verizon store while their mother and stepfather paid a cellphone bill when one found a loaded handgun in their mother's purse. Police say the child was attempting to unload the gun when it went off in a "tragic accidental shooting."

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The bullet struck the 7-year-old in the head, and he died hours later at the hospital, WBIR reports. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, authorities are not releasing the ages of the other children in the car or any of their names. The Department of Children's Services is investigating the incident, WBIR reports. (Read more shooting stories.)

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