Boy, 4, Accidentally Shoots 6-Year-Old Playmate

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (April 9, 2013)—Authorities in Toms River, N.J. were considering whether to charge anyone Tuesday after police say a 6-year-old was shot in the head by a 4-year-old in New Jersey.

The older boy was in serious condition Tuesday.

Authorities are investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle from his family's Toms River home Monday night.

Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says the children were outside the 4-year-old's home when the boy went inside, got the rifle and then shot the 6-year-old from about 15 yards away.

It's not clear if the 4-year-old pulled the trigger or if the rifle accidentally discharged.

The parents of the 4-year-old were home at the time.

No names have been released.

The shooting comes amid debate over gun control laws in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.


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