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Boy, 6, Fatally Shot by 10-Year-Old Brother

Pennsylvania boys were home alone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2017 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Pennsylvania say a 6-year-old boy was shot to death by his 10-year-old brother while the two were home alone. Allegheny County police say officers and paramedics arrived at the mobile home in West Mifflin, near Pittsburgh, at about 9:45am Wednesday to find the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head, the AP reports. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from the injury. Investigators determined the boy's 10-year-old brother fired the gun in the mother's bedroom. Superintendent Coleman McDonough says the boys' mother was at work when the shooting happened. He says the 10-year-old first called his mom and then called 911 at her urging.

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The investigation is ongoing, and McDonough says there's "no excuse for a weapon to get in the hands of a child." No charges have been announced. The mother's boyfriend also lives at the residence, though his whereabouts at the time of the shooting are unknown. Neighbors at the New Colony Mobile Home Park say they are shaken by the boy's death. "I can't believe it could happen," resident David Meier tells Action News 4. "This is the reason why if you have firearms, they say lock them up so your children can't get them." (Read more Pennsylvania stories.)

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