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SD Boy Accidentally Shoots And Kills Brother

March 26, 2014, 6:39 AM

FREEMAN, SD -

Authorities say an eight-year-old boy was killed when he was accidentally shot by his nine-year-old brother at a home in the southeastern South Dakota city of Freeman.

Hutchinson County State's Attorney Glenn Roth says the older boy told investigators he and his brother were playing with a handgun Tuesday when he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was not loaded.

Roth declined to immediately release the names of the boys, citing the need to first notify family members.

No charges were immediately filed. Local and state authorities are continuing to investigate.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The age of the victim was updated to reflect that he was eight, not seven as first reported by the Associated Press.

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