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7-year-old Freeman boy dies in accidental shooting

FREEMAN -- A 7-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old brother at a home in Freeman.

According to Hutchinson County State’s Attorney Glenn Roth, the 9-year-old was interviewed by investigators with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation after the incident.

Roth said the 9-year-old told the investigators that he and his 7-year-old brother were playing with a handgun when he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was not loaded, and unintentionally shot the 7-year-old.

Roth declined to release the names of the two boys involved in the shooting. He said the names will most likely be released today to allow authorities time to notify family members. Roth also declined to release the address of the home where the shooting occurred.

The 7-year-old was taken to a hospital in Freeman after authorities were notified of the shooting, Roth said.

No charges have been filed in connection with the incident, Roth said. DCI is investigating the shooting in cooperation with the Freeman Police Department.