UPDATE: Prosecutor to review accidental shooting between young brothers

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/27/17 @ 5:43 p.m.
An accidental shooting in Kanawha County during the weekend has left a teenage boy recovering from his injuries. Deputies say he was shot in the face by his brother.

But proper gun safety at home depends on a variety of factors.

Home is where deputies say an 11-year-old boy shot his 13-year-old brother, who is still recovering. It happened at the Miracle Acres Housing Complex, in the Kanawha County community of West Side, just outside St. Albans.

You might be thinking, if the gun was properly locked away, this probably wouldn’t have happened. Not exactly. What’s good for you and your firearms might be good for another family. It depends on a variety of factors, including family dynamic for what purpose you have those guns.

"Once the bullet goes bang, there's no getting the bullet back, there's no redo's,” explained Dan Kessel with Spring Hill Rod and Gun.

Kessel says the responsibility is on the parent and the gun owner to do everything possible to make your home as safe as it can be for your situation.

"There's a lot of things that go into it. The way your house is lined up, how long you have to get a gun out of a lock box, but no matter what you always have to remember if a gun gets in the wrong hands bad things can happen,” he said.

He adds kids are naturally curious, and taking them to a firing range might be enough of an education, the noise, recoil and fireball, to make them understand the power of a gun.

"Really know everyone in your household and how they're going to react,” Kessel said. “You cannot foresee every thing, but you can make it harder to get to the gun. Be extra safe and more cautious than what you need to be to keep a tragedy from happening."

Deputies say that in Sunday’s incident the worst possible outcome has been avoided and the teen is expected to recover.

The Kanawha County prosecutor is taking a look at the case to determine if charges will be filed.



UPDATE 11/27/17 @ 3:25 p.m.
A report will be sent to the Kanawha County prosecutor to consider if any charges will be filed in an accidental shooting between two young brothers, the sheriff's department says.

It happened Sunday evening in the West Side area near St. Albans.

Deputies say a 13-year-old boy was shot in the face with a rifle by his 11-year-old brother. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.



ORIGINAL STORY
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say a young teenager was accidentally shot by his brother.

It happened Sunday evening in the West Side area near St. Albans.

Deputies say he was shot in the face inside their home.

He was rushed to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

At this time, deputies believe it's accidental and no charges have been filed.

The incident is still under investigation.



 
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