Teen Shoots Twin in Head While Aiming for Snake

No charges are expected in the fatal shooting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2017 2:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Authorities say a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot his twin brother to death when he fired at a snake Monday in Texas. Liberty County Sheriff's Office says they don't anticipate any charges to be filed in the shooting. Sheriff's officials said the twin who was shot died Tuesday night at a Houston hospital. The boys' names have not been released, the AP reports.

Investigators say the twins fetched two .22-caliber rifles from their home near Dayton after spotting a snake in a water-filled ditch. Deputy John Tucker says one of the teens bent over toward the snake just as his brother aimed and fired. Tucker says the victim was shot in the head. Dayton is 35 miles northeast of Houston. (Read more shooting stories.)

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