Four-Year-Old Fatally Shot at Home

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HONEY GROVE, Texas (AP) - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a four-year-old northeast Texas boy.

Fannin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kirk McMurrey says the victim and his ten-year-old stepbrother were home alone when the accident happened.

The deputy told The Associated Press that the older boy ran to a neighbor's place to get help.

McMurrey says authorities aren't sure if the boys were struggling over the .22-caliber rifle, or whether the younger child had it in his possession.

Saturday afternoon's shooting happened in a rural area northeast of Honey Grove. McMurrey says the parents were at a rodeo.

McMurrey says the rifle belongs to a father, but the weapon wasn't locked up.

An autopsy will be done.