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Police: 6-year-old accidentally shot by 4-year-old

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Authorities are deciding whether to charge anyone after police say a 6-year-old was shot in the head by a 4-year-old.

The older boy is in serious condition. Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle from his family's 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 shot the 6-year-old about 15 yards (15 meters) 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.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/police-6-year-old-accidentally-shot-4-year-old