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Boy, 9, accidentally shot in head in Trinidad

Posted at 8:13 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 22:13:59-05

Trinidad police are investigating an accidental shooting that critically injured a 9-year-old boy.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the boy and his 8-year-old brother were waiting in a parked car Monday when they found a loaded gun. The older brother was shot in the head and underwent surgery at Denver Children's Hospital.

Investigators say the two boys were in the care of family friend because their parents had a medical appointment. The car was parked near a natural gas station where the caregiver works. He was working on a pump at the time of the shooting.

Police have not arrested anyone, and the district attorney's office will review the investigation to determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

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