7-year-old Freeman boy accidentally shot and killed by his brother
FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a 7-year-old boy was killed when he was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old brother at a home in the southeastern South Dakota city of Freeman.
Hutchinson County State's Attorney Glenn Roth says that the older boy told investigators he and his brother were playing with a handgun Tuesday when he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was not loaded.
Roth declined to immediately release the names of the boys, citing the need to first notify family members.
No charges were immediately filed. Local and state authorities are continuing to investigate.