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12-year-old killed by younger brother who found gun

ST LOUIS (AP) – A 10-year-old boy fatally shot his 12-year-old brother as the two played with a gun they found inside a St Louis home, police said.

The shooting happened on Tuesday night in a north St Louis neighbourhood, KMOV-TV reported. Police said the boys were with a parent who was getting a haircut in the home when the older boy was shot in the face.

The death follows a spate of shootings in St Louis involving children handling guns.

Last Friday, two young cousins who were livestreaming from a St Louis apartment died when one child fatally shot the other before killing herself in what family members said was
an accident.

St Louis Metropolitan Police Major Ryan Cousins urged residents to use gun locks.

“As an agency, we will come out and teach everyone how to use them,” Cousins said. “We do understand people are going to own guns; however, to protect these children, we want to ensure these guns are secured safely.”