Boy ac­ci­den­tally shoots 11-year-old brother in leg

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION -

Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice say a 10-year-old boy ac­ci­den­tally shot his 11-year-old brother in the leg af­ter the two thought they heard an in­truder.

State po­lice tell the But­ler Ea­gle the two were home alone Sun­day af­ter­noon when they thought they heard a noise in the base­ment.

They say the boys re­trieved a gun in one room and loaded it with am­mu­ni­tion they found in another room. At some point, it went off.

The 11-year-old was struck in the lower left leg and was taken to a hos­pi­tal. Po­lice say no bones were bro­ken and he was to have surgery to re­move any bul­let frag­ments.

Po­lice say the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

No charges have been filed. Trooper Jes­sica Clouse says it should serve as a les­son to gun-own­ers to al­ways se­cure weapons at home.

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