SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities say a 9-year-old boy fatally shot inside his family’s Syracuse home was hit by a bullet fired by his older brother from a gun illegally owned by the boys’ father.
The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office says Shaleek Carrears died early Monday morning after being shot by his 10-year-old brother. Prosecutors say the shooting appears to have been accidental but the investigation is continuing.
The district attorney’s office says the boys’ father didn’t have a license to possess the gun, which was unsecured at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors are looking into possible charges against the father.
District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says the 10-year-old boy’s case would be handled in family court if charges are filed.
(Copyright (c) 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)