US boy, 6, dies after being shot in the head by his four-year-old neighbour with .22-calibre rifle
A six-year-old boy in the US has died after he was accidentally shot in the head by his four-year-old friend.
Brandon Holt, from Toms River, New Jersey was pronounced dead yesterday evening, less than 24 hours after being shot with a .22-calibre rifle by his young neighbour.
The younger child, whose identity has not been released, got the gun from his home and fired it accidentally on Monday evening, according to prosecutor Joseph Coronato.
Mr Coronato said the children were about 15 yards apart when the rifle was discharged, in a neighbourhood that residents described as "very quiet".
The mother of the child who fired the gun called the police following the shooting, and was reportedly very upset in the minutes following, appearing to try to comprehend what had happened.
Debbie Coto, who lives a few doors down from the two families involved, told the Associated Press: "I'm sad for the children involved and their families, but I'm angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it.
"A 4-year-old can't load a gun.
"I had just been telling my sister how nice it is to see kids playing together and enjoying themselves, and then this happens."
Toms River police chief Michael Mastronardy described the shooting as tragic and said it had affected the whole community.
The two families involved are said to not have lived in the area long.
Mr Coronato said it was too early in the investigation to know whether anyone would be charged. He would not say who owned the gun or speculate on how the 4-year-old got hold of it.
The shooting came just days after a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee grabbed a loaded gun at a family gathering and accidentally shot to death the wife of a sheriff's deputy.
The shooting is sure to add tension to the debate over US gun control laws in the wake of December's Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre.
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