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Coroner: 8-year-old boy, shot by younger brother, has died

Updated: Friday, September 6 2013, 09:45 AM CDT
Written by: Ashley Arnold (

An eight-year-old boy who was shot by his younger brother in Cumberland County has died.

Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall says the boy was pronounced brain dead Thursday afternoon around 12:30.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The tragedy happened Sunday at a home near Shippensburg in Southampton Township.

Cumberland County District Attorney, Dave Freed, said the boys' mother was the only adult home when the shooting occurred.

Court records say the six-year-old boy shot his eight-year-old brother in the head as their mother slept in the same room where the gun went off.

Records also state the mother was "lethargic" when police and emergency crews responded to the scene, telling them she was on medication.

Now, Freed must decide if anyone should be charged with reckless endangerment of children in this case.

Coroner: 8-year-old boy, shot by younger brother, has died

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