A 4-year-old Russian boy is dead after his older brother accidentally shot him with their grandfather’s rifle on Sunday, according to officials. The older brother, 7, told law enforcement authorities that the two brothers had found the rifle under a bed while at their grandparents’ house in the Siberian town of Bukachacha.
The older brother said that the two boys, after finding the gun, were playing with it on the enclosed house porch while their grandparents were asleep. The 7-year-old explained to Investigative Committee officials that he was trying to remove the gun from his younger brother’s hands when he accidentally pulled the trigger and fatally shot him. Authorities say they had initially believed that the 4-year-old boy had been shot outside of the porch by someone else.
Based on investigations so far, it is unclear whether the grandfather’s rifle is legally owned. According to the Investigative Committee officials, authorities have plans to open a criminal case allegedly against the grandfather on the suspicion of illegal possession of an unregistered rifle.
Officials have not stated what will happen to the older brother, nor have they said where the two boys’ parents were during the time of the shooting.
Last week, a 5-year-old boy who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in Cumberland County Ky
The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. at a home on Lawson’s Bottom Road, according to a news release from the state police.
The 2-year-old was taken to Cumberland County Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White identified the girl as Caroline Sparks.
He said the children’s mother was at home when the shooting occurred, and the gun was a gift the boy received last year.
“It’s a Crickett,” he said. “It’s a little rifle for a kid. …The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”.
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