A five-year-old boy allegedly shot and Ki**ed his eight-year-old brother in what is believed to be a horrific accident.
Four children were in a home with their mother when a gunshot was fired around on Thursday afternoon, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a 911 call around 2.30pm on the 2700 block of Shannon Valley Road near Pine Bluff in Arkansas and found an unresponsive eight-year-old boy inside the home.
A county coroner at the scene pronounced the child dead.
Authorities recovered several weapons from the home.
‘How secure were the weapons?’ Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods told .
‘If it is reported that the weapons were secure then how did a five-year old manage to get the weapon in his hand and shoot it and fire off it?’
The shooting is being investigated as an accident, Woods said.
‘This is a tragic incident that could have been avoided. I can’t emphasize strongly enough that guns need to be well secured and kept out of the hands and away from children at all times,’ he stated.
‘Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split second away from one of these tragedies happening in their home.’
Family members could be seen outside the home as deputies conducted the ongoing investigation.
The body of the boy has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.
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