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Two brothers, ages 3 and 7, played with a loaded handgun. It went off.

Fremd Village in Pahokee, Florida, where a child was shot by another with a handgun on Dec. 26, 2018.
Fremd Village in Pahokee, Florida, where a child was shot by another with a handgun on Dec. 26, 2018. Google Maps

On the night after Christmas, two brothers, ages 7 and 3, played inside their home in a public housing community in Palm Beach County.

The brothers were playing with a loaded handgun at their Pahokee apartment in Fremd Village, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, WPTV5 reported Wednesday evening.

The older brother, age 7, was apparently accidentally shot by his younger brother.

On Friday, the wounded boy remained in an intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Medical Center after undergoing surgery. His family told CBS12 News he is “recovering” and that they don’t know how the children got hold of a loaded gun.

Deputies are investigating. Charges haven’t been filed at this point.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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