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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Police: Shooting death of 7-year-old ‘accidental’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

The shooting death of a 7-year-old boy Monday morning in the Burnt Chimney area happened when his 12-year-old brother accidentally discharged a firearm, striking and instantly killing the boy, according to a preliminary investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Philip Young said the incident happened at about 11:46 a.m.

Young said the shooting occurred at a neighbor's residence on Double Oaks Lane where the two brothers were playing.

He said the 12-year-old found a .45-caliber handgun and accidentally discharged it, killing his brother.

Deputies arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting of the youth was reported by a 911 call. The scene was secured by deputies and a search warrant was secured.

The 7-year-old boy was found lying on the floor of the residence where he was pronounced dead at the scene, Young said.

At least one adult was present in the home at the time.

No other details had been released at press time Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time, Young said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in this time of tragedy," he added.

Young said the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is encouraging its citizens to check the firearms in their homes.

"In light of this tragedy, citizens need to take this opportunity to make sure all firearms are locked safely away," Young said. "Even if firearms are well-hidden, children are curious and will often stumble upon these hidden items. Please make sure all firearms are placed, unloaded, in a locked room or safe."

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