TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Brandon Holt, the 6-year-old accidentally shot by his 4-year-old neighbor on Monday night, has died, CBS 2 has confirmed.
Police said Holt was shot in the head by his friend after the younger boy went into his home on McCormick Avenue and somehow got his hands on a .22-caliber rifle. Though authorities said they are not sure how the 4-year-old obtained the gun, sources told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan on Tuesday that the boy found the rifle under a bed.
Police said the 4-year-old then went outside and accidentally shot the 6-year-old, who was sitting in a quad nearby.
It’s unclear if he pulled the trigger or if the rifle accidentally discharged. The 4-year-old boy’s parents were home at the time of the incident, police said.
“The parents [of the 4-year-old] were in the yard nearby, at which point a shot went out,” said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.