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3-year-old shoots 6-year-old brother on hunting trip

Updated: 12/30/2005 4:50 PM

By: News 8 Austin Staff

A 3-year-old boy shot his 6-year-old brother Friday morning during a family hunting trip in Williamson County.

The family was on a private deer lease near County Road 354 and Highway 183 when the shooting happened.

The 3-year-old apparently picked up a .22-caliber rifle and shot his brother in the leg.

The boy was taken to Brackenridge Hospital. His injuries are non life threatening.

Authorities say the family thought the weapons were unloaded.

"This occurred while the 6-year-old was seated on a four wheeler. The 3-year-old reached over and pulled the trigger of a .22 rifle, striking the six year old," Det. John Foster of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities have not said whether adults at the scene of the shooting will face any charges. Making a gun accessible to a child is a criminal offense.


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