New Jersey 4-year-old shoots 6-year-old neighbor in the head

Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle

Topics: Associated Press, New Jersey, Connecticut, Gun Violence, Gun Control,

New Jersey 4-year-old shoots 6-year-old neighbor in the head (Credit: defpicture via Shutterstock)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Authorities are deciding whether to charge anyone after police say a 6-year-old was shot in the head by a 4-year-old in New Jersey.

The older boy is in serious condition.

Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle from his family’s Toms River home Monday night.

Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says the children were outside the 4-year-old’s home when the boy went inside, got the rifle and shot the 6-year-old about 15 yards away. It’s not clear if the 4-year-old pulled the trigger or if the rifle accidentally discharged.

The parents of the 4-year-old were home at the time.

No names have been released.

The shooting comes amid debate over gun control laws in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

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