5 Year Old Boy Shot Elder Brother Dead, Thought It Was A Toy Gun
A five-year-old boy accidentally shot his 12-year-old brother after mistaking a loaded gun that he found in the forest as a toy.
The brothers played on a trampoline when the weapon was found, 11Alive reports.
Special investigators spoke to the five-year-old, who told them he thought it was a toy when he fired it and hit his elder brother in the chest.
On Saturday, shortly after 7.40 p.m., paramedics were called to the scene to resuscitate the boy before he was taken to the Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital, where he later died.
Earlier that day, Griffin police said officials tried to stop traffic in the area, but three men escaped the vehicle and fled "behind houses in the immediate vicinity of the place where the shootout took place."
"The kids were out here playing peacefully on the trampoline in the back yard," said neighbor Tom Whitehead, who owns an auto body shop in front of the family home, to CNN's WGCL daughter.
"The little boy found a gun. ... Turns around, thinks he's playing, says "Bang Bang". It was loaded and killed him. Think of this mother. The next day, Mother's Day, a boy is dead by the hand of his younger brother. "
In its statement on Sunday, the Griffin Police said the shootout was probably a "tragic accident" and a hunt had started, to find the person who threw the loaded gun into the forest.
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