• Police initially thought the boy accidentally shot himself
  • The boy's older brother later told police their 5-year-old sibling was the one who fired the gun
  • The victim was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead

A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old brother while playing with a gun at a home in Chicago.

On Wednesday, police responded to reports of a shooting at a home near the 1500 block of North Lorel Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the 9-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. The boy was rushed to Stroger Hospital where he was declared dead. The victim was identified as Ashton Lipscomb.

Police initially thought Lipscomb was playing with a gun in the residence when he accidentally pulled the trigger with the bullet striking him in the head. On Thursday, the boy's 13-year-old brother told police that their 5-year-old sibling fired the shot, the Chicago Tribune reported. He also led police to the gun and two other weapons in the home.

When the incident took place, the boy's father was picking up his wife from a hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. No one was charged in the incident. It was also not revealed if any adult was watching the kids while their parents were away.

Police said the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was notified and an investigation was underway.

In another recent incident, a 7-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was accidentally shot by his younger brother at their home in Selah, Washington. After receiving information about a boy being shot, police arrived at the scene. The boy, who was shot in the neck, was rushed to a hospital.

During the investigation, police found that the victim's younger brother retrieved the firearm from a gun safe inside the home.

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