Boy, 6, Hospitalized After Neighbor, 4, Shoots Him In Head

Tue, April 9, 2013 4:23pm EST by 1 Comment
Boy Shoots Neighbor Head New Jersey
Courtesy of ABC

A 6-year-old boy remains in critical condition after his 4-year-old neighbor shot him in the head with a rifle in the younger boy’s backyard with a gun he found in his parents’ home. So sad.

After an unidentified 4-year-old boy found a .22-caliber rifle in his home, he then shot his 6-year-old neighbor while the boys were playing in his yard in Toms Park, N. J.

Horrific Accident Angers Neighbors

The younger child’s parents called the police after the “tragic incident,” Police Chief Michael Mastronardy told ABC News. “Right now, we’re keeping this child in our prayers, and I ask everyone to do the same.”

The accident that left the 6-year-old in critical condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center has upset neighbor Debi Coto.

“I’m sad for the children involved and their families, but I’m angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it,” Debi said. “A 4-year-old can’t load a gun. I had just been telling my sister how nice it is to see kids playing together and enjoying themselves, and then this happens.”

Debi didn’t hear the gunshot, but was home at the occurrence, and told the police that she had not known the children as they were new to the neighborhood.

Children With Guns: A Disturbing Recurrence

This isn’t the first scary story of kids with guns — just two days prior on Saturday, April 6, a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee accidentally shot and killed Josephine Fanning, the 48-year-old wife of Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning.

The boy reportedly picked a gun up off the bed of his father’s bedroom when the deputy was showing his weapons to a relative. According to Sheriff Robert Bryan, the weapon discharged, hit Josephine, who died on the scene.

So sad. We will be keeping both of these families in our thoughts.

WATCH: ABC News Reports On Horrifying Shooting

ABC News

– Emily Longeretta

More Shootings Committed By Kids With Guns:

  1. Girl, 4, Shot Dead Outside Her Grandfather’s Home — 6-Year-Old Spotted With Gun
  2. 2-Year-Old Shoots Himself With Gun From Mom’s Purse — Tragic Accident
  3. Six-Year-Old Takes Gun To School — Accidentally Shoots Himself & Two Classmates

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Posted at 7:17 PM on April 9, 2013  

People don’t watch their kids like they should. This is the reason I don’t let my daughter visit anyone unless I’m with her unless she’s at her grandparents or my sisters house.
I don’t let her do sleep overs at anybody’s house. I would be a nervous wreck all night.
I don’t completely trust anyone but her dad, my parents, my husbands mom and my sister, that’s it.
I will even ask other parents do they have guns in the house, if they say yes she doesn’t visit that house. Some people are just too irresponsible for me. They’ll just shove a loaded gun on a shelf or in a corner with curious children running around. Lock it away for safety! but that would be too difficult, now another child is fighting for his life.The 4 year old doesn’t even realize fully what happened. He probably thinks his little friend will come running down the street to play with him tomorrow. So sad!
I’m praying for the little boy to recover.

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