7-year-old South Dakota boy accidentally shot to death by 9-year-old brother
FREEMAN, S.D. — A 7-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old brother at a home in Freeman in southeastern South Dakota.
According to Hutchinson County State’s Attorney Glenn Roth, the 9-year-old was interviewed by investigators with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation after the shooting.
Roth said the 9-year-old told investigators that he and his 7-year-old brother were playing with a handgun when he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was not loaded, and unintentionally shot the 7-year-old.
Roth declined to release the boys’ names. He said the names would most likely be released Wednesday to allow authorities time to notify family members.
The 7-year-old was taken to a hospital in Freeman after authorities were notified of the shooting, Roth said.
No charges have been filed, Roth said. The Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting in cooperation with Freeman police.