A 2-year-old died Wednesday after his 4-year-old brother accidentally shot him while playing with his father's gun, news sources report.
The brother of Neegnco Xiong, 2, found a loaded handgun in a bedroom and was playing with it when it discharged and struck Neegnco around 12:45 Wednesday afternoon. He died at the scene after paramedic tried to revive him, the Star Tribune reported.
Sgt. William Palmer of the Minneapolis police called the shooting "a horrible accident" and said it served as a reminder to safely and correctly store all firearms, the Pioneer Press reported.
The parents of the children, Kao Xiong and Ma Vang, were at home in the 1900 block of S. 7th St. when the shooting occurred. Another child, a 1-year-old, was also home, while a 5-year-old sibling was at school, the Star Tribune reported.
The parents were taken downtown by police following the shooting and are under investigation. The children have been placed in protective services. The results of the investigation will be presented to the Hennepin County attorney's office for possible charges against the parents, Palmer said, as the Star Tribune reported.
In a news release, Palmer said, "It is a crime in Minnesota to store a loaded firearm in a manner where a child can gain access to it," the Star Tribune reported.
Guns should not be stored loaded, Palmer said. Firearms should be kept unloaded, with ammunition stored separately. Both should be locked up with a key, Palmer said, as the Pioneer Press reported.