LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A 12-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the neck late Thursday evening after he and his 13-year-old brother wrestled over a rifle.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred just before 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Short Front Street in Altheimer.
JCSO investigators traveled to the victim’s residence, where they processed the scene for evidence. Inside the residence, investigators discovered a .22 caliber rifle and a single spent shell casing, which were both photographed and collected as evidence.
Meanwhile, investigators interviewed the victim’s father along with his 13-year-old son, whose name is not being released due to his status as a minor.
Through those interviews, investigators learned that Shelton had left the residence for a brief moment and during that time his two sons wrestled with a rifle Shelton kept inside the residence. While wrestling with the rifle, the weapon discharged and the younger Shelton was shot in the neck by his brother.
Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victim to the emergency room; however, the victim had already succumbed to his injury.
“It was tragic accident,” Major Lafayette Woods said. “Moving forward, we want to find ways to prevent tragic accidents like this from occurring because no mother or father should have to bury their child; especially so premature.”
Woods said that the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is a Project Childsafe partner and has since before he began his law enforcement career well-over a decade ago.
No charges are being sought against the victim’s 13-year-old brother or father in this shooting death.