Boy, 6, Dead After Being Shot In Head By Friend, 4, While Playing

Wed, April 10, 2013 2:47pm EST by 9 Comments
Brandon Holt Shot
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Brandon Holt, died on April 9 after his neighborhood friend, 4, retrieved a .22 caliber rifle from his home and shot Brandon in the head during a pretend shooting game. Now, police are considering charging adults for the crime.

Brandon Holt, 6, died in Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. on April 9 after being shot by his 4-year-old neighbor from 45 feet away. The shooting happened in his friend’s yard right before 7 p.m. in Toms Park, N.J. Family members have since opened up about the tragic situation.

Brandon’s Father & Uncle’s Statement After His Death

“It’s not good at all,” Brandon’s father, Ronald Holt told “He got shot.”

Another family member came forward about the confusion of the situation.

“I don’t even know how it happened,” said Daniel Watkins, Brandon’s uncle. He said the family is “trying to deal with it.”

The 4-year-old shooter’s parents are Anthony and Melissa Senatore. The boy’s father was described as an avid hunter by a source that is familiar with the family.

The Police Findings So Far

Toms River Police Chief, Michael Mastronardy, held a conference on April 9 and said that Brandon was in a go-kart in his friend’s yard when he was shot. It’s still unclear if the younger boy pulled the trigger or if the gun accidentally fired.

According to Chief Mastronardy, the 4-year-old’s parents were in the yard at the time during the shooting. Neighbor, Debi Coto told she saw the 4-year-old boy’s mother wave down an ambulance around 6:45 p.m. and then the police received a 911 call.

Detectives Took Weapons From The Senatore’s Home

Hours after the 911 call was made, detectives took eight to 10 weapons from the Senatore family’s household. It has yet to be said who exactly owned the rifle that was used.

The case is now being handled by The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office due to a conflict of interest because a relative of the 4-year-old boy has a job in the Ocean County law enforcement.

Such a tragic situation. Our thoughts are with Brandon’s family during this difficult time.

– Nicole Weaver

More Tragic Gun News:

  1. Boy, 6, Hospitalized After Neighbor, 4, Shoots Him In Head
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  3. 2-Year-Old Shoots Himself With Gun From Mom’s Purse

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Posted at 3:56 AM on April 11, 2013  

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Posted at 6:36 PM on April 10, 2013  

ITS TOMS RIVER NOT TOMS PARK! I live in Toms River I would know!!!

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Posted at 4:35 PM on April 10, 2013  

OMG what is going on with you American people?!!

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Posted at 3:41 PM on April 10, 2013  

that is sad

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Posted at 3:21 PM on April 10, 2013  

This is a Tragedy , Imagine what both of the families are going throw , i mean one child is dead and another saw his friend’s blood pouring before his eyes !! Seriously America , u need laws against guns !! I still remember the sandy hook Tragedy & I think that there are many more to come if this doesn’t stop .

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Posted at 3:42 PM on April 10, 2013  


someone dies everyday

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Posted at 3:01 PM on April 10, 2013  

So….they WERE outside with the boys? Yet the 4 year old some how had a gun and shot another kid while being supervised? Uh, OK. Nice job parents. You should be held personally accountable for the death of this young boy. And the emotional impact it’ll make on your own child knowing he killed (accidentally) someone. This is also why I teach my children it’s not okay to “pretend” shoot/harm others.

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Posted at 2:57 PM on April 10, 2013  

dont believe it hopefuly its mistake enough of tht

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Posted at 2:56 PM on April 10, 2013  

You are so right America, you definitely don’t need stronger gun control laws….

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