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UPDATE: 12-year-old boy accidentally kills seven-year-old brother

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Posted at 11:22 PM, Apr 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-22 12:25:19-04

UPDATE: “The preliminary investigation indicates that the seven year old was playing at a neighbor’s residence with his 12-year old brother,” Franklin County Sheriff’s Lt. Philip Young wrote in an email. “The 12-year-old found a handgun and accidentally discharged the firearm, striking and instantly killing the seven year old.”

Young called the investigation “ongoing” and said no charges have been filed. 

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WTVR) — An investigation is underway after a 7-year-old boy was shot and killed in Franklin County Monday morning.

WDBJ reports that sheriff’s deputies were dispatched just before noon for a shooting call on Double Oaks Lane.

“Deputies arrived on the scene a few minutes later and found a seven year old male, with a gunshot wound, lying on the floor of the residence,” Franklin County Sheriff’s Office officials said in a news release. “The juvenile was later pronounced dead at the scene.”

Deputies, who secured the scene and obtained a search warrant, said their investigation is ongoing

No charges had been filed as of Monday night.

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