8-Year-Old Missouri Boy Shot dead by Younger Sibling

Authorities said an 8-year-old was accidentally shot and killed after his younger sibling located a gun in their in suburban Kansas City home.

It happened at the early hours of Saturday morning in Independence.

Officials responded to the home and located the boy with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators believe the boy’s younger sibling found a gun that had been left unsecured in the home and was handling it when it fired and hit his older brother.

Police have not released the victim’s or his family members’ names.

The case will be sent to to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine whether any charges will be filed in the case.