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Parents of shot nine-year-old face unrelated charges
Albion, N.Y.The nine-year-old boy police say was accidentally shot by his 13-year-old brother is expected to be okay. The shooting took place at the boys home on Caroline Street in Albion late Thursday night.
The older boy had stolen the gun as well as a second firearm from an elderly family friend, said Police Chief Roland Nenni.
While he was playing with that handgun until it discharged, Nenni explained.
A round pierced the nine-year-olds arm before exiting, Nenni added. The boys then ran to their mother who was with the elderly family friend, according to police. The injured child was later brought to Strong Memorial Hospital, police said.
The 13-year-old is being charged as a juvenile for allegedly stealing two guns and shooting his brother, explained Nenni. The guns belonged to an elderly friend of the family who police said was unaware that they were in his home. The parents were also apparently unaware of the guns, Nenni said.
My thought is shocked, neighbor Troy Phillips said. Utterly shocked.
He referred to the boys as respectful and hardworking, always looking for odd jobs to make money, Phillips said.
Because of the Thursday night incident, police were inside the house and discovered numerous health related issues pertaining to the home.
As far as animal feces and other health concerns, but we found some serious health concerns but we also found some serious structural issues and codes violations, Nenni added.
As a result, the boys parents face child endangerment charges.
13WHAM News attempted to get a comment from the family at the home and while a voice could be heard inside, no one answered the door.
The elderly man who lives on the next street declined commenttelling a reporter to leave. He is not expected to face criminal charges.
Police have not released the names of the parents or children.
Child Protective Services is working with the family to find a suitable place for the children, according to Nenni.