CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot Monday afternoon by his brother inside a parked car in Crossville.
Police said it happened around 2:50 p.m. in the parking lot of a Verizon store on U.S. Highway 127 North.
Investigators discovered four children were left inside the car while the mother and step-father went inside the store to pay a bill.
One of the children, an 8-year-old boy, found a loaded semi-automatic pistol inside their mom’s purse, which was left inside the car.
The 8-year-old removed the magazine in an effort to unload the gun when it accidentally discharged, hitting his 7-year-old brother in the head.
The 7-year-old was flown to a Knoxville-area hospital where he later died, according to Knoxville affiliate WATE.
Crossville police said the investigation is ongoing an they’re taking statements from everyone involved.
The Cumberland County District Attorney General’s office and the Department of Children’s Services have been notified and are involved in the investigation.
At the time of their release, authorities believe the incident is a tragic accidental shooting.