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4-year-old boy accidentally shoots 3-year-old brother with shotgun

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St. Louis shooting | FOX 2 Now

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A 3-year-old St. Louis County boy is expected to recover after being accidentally shot by his 4-year-old brother.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the family’s home in north St. Louis County. Police say the boys’ 27-year-old father was taken into custody. Formal charges have not been filed.

The 3-year-old was taken to a hospital with what was described as a graze wound.

Police have not said how the 4-year-old got his hands on the gun. Police confiscated the weapon.

Read more from FOX 2 Now in St. Louis.

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8 comments

  • Wayne

    You can get a gun cabinet with a lock for under $100. These neglectful people make me sick and put a bad name on responsible gun owners. If you can’t do a cabinet or safe they also have magnets so you can hang it over and on the backside of a doorway or something. It’s really not that hard to secure a firearm.

  • Zayle

    How hard is it to stuff this stuff away? Seriously, at 4 and 3 you could even put it at the top of a hall closet and they wouldn’t be able to reach it. if you consider the height of 3 and 4 year olds this weapon would of had to be out and ready for access.

  • Pamtastic

    Good job St Louis County police. My barely 3 year old grandson found a loaded shotgun at a friends house and shot their toddler daughter, thankfully she survived, but no charges were ever brought. To my understanding now, over two years later, loaded weapons are still available for anyone to pick up in their home. The Kansas City police department must be too busy with scofflaws caught on red light cameras to be bothered with things such as this or my nephews still unsolved murder.

  • Neytiri

    Okay first and foremost. This is sad. Dad shouldn’t have had a loaded gun where the kids could get it. 2nd, The doctors saved him so try thanking the docs as well as God. He only played a part. And 3rd, don’t go blaming pot for this!!! Just because someone smokes pot doesn’t mean they’re a bad parent. What made him a bad parent was the gun being in the house, loaded, with the safety off, and not watching his kids. Whether he was smoking pot or not is irrelevant. He could a been cooking dinner or cleaning the toilet and the same thing could have happened. The gun should have been locked up. Plain and simple.