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Police: 6-year-old accidentally shot by 4-year-old

Published: Tue, April 9, 2013 @ 11:06 a.m.

Police: 6-year-old accidentally shot by 4-year-old

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are deciding whether to charge anyone after police say a 6-year-old was shot in the head by a 4-year-old in New Jersey.

The older boy is in serious condition.

Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle from his family’s Toms River home Monday night.

Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says the children were outside the 4-year-old’s home when the boy went inside, got the rifle and shot the 6-year-old about 15 yards away. It’s not clear if the 4-year-old pulled the trigger or if the rifle accidentally discharged.

The parents of the 4-year-old were home at the time.

No names have been released.


1cambridge(3610 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

If the six year old had a carry permit he could have gotten the drop on the four year old a and shot first. The only thing that can stop a four year old with a gun is a six year old with a gun.

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2Ytownnative(1118 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

time to start prosecuting these parents.

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3DwightK(1458 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

It's time for parents to begin making sure their guns are safe instead of assuming they are. Check to see if it's loaded, rack the slide and see if one pops out, make sure it's secure.

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