Boy, 3, kills baby while playing with gun

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by Tanya Mendis

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 12:41 PM

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PAYSON, Ariz. -- A toddler accidentally shot and killed his younger brother at a Payson apartment on Tuesday.

According to the Payson Police Department, the boys were playing in an apartment at 303 S. Ash Street at around noon when they discovered a gun.

The 3-year-old shot the 18-month-old in the head. The victim was rushed to Payson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The mother and the two children were visiting a 78-year-old friend at his apartment which is in the same complex where they live.

They had only been there 10 or 15 minutes when the boys got into another room where they found the gun.

Police said, the mother was looking for the boys and just as she walked through the door of that room the 3-year-old boy fired the gun.

There were several 911 calls about a child with a head injury.

Police questioned witnesses and neighbors and the child's mother to figure out how the children got access to the gun.

The semi-automatic gun was not locked up, according to Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

"We still intend to serve a search warrant at that location and gather further information," said Chief Engler.

Police said there were multiple weapons in that apartment and the gun the boys found was not locked up. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility of charges against the mother and her friend.

Click here to view press release from Payson Police Dept.

Click here to view second press release from Payson Police Dept.

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Police: 3-year-old shot, killed younger brother

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A police chief in central Arizona says a 3-year-old boy shot and killed his 1 1/2 -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment.

Payson Police Chief Don Engler says his department's investigation of the Tuesday shooting will take about a week. He says results will be forwarded to the Gila County Attorney's Office for a decision on whether to prosecute anybody.

Engler says the probe centers on the securing of the gun, which he says was not in plain sight in the living area of the neighbor's apartment.

The boys and their mother were visiting the neighbor when the boys found the semi-automatic handgun and took it to another room. Engler says neither adult knew the boys had the weapon.

Payson is about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Names of those involved weren't released.

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