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.