13-year-old arrested for shooting brother with BB gun

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Carson City Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting his four-year-old brother in the head with a BB gun.

Detectives say January 29, 2018, they responded to Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center after being told of the injury. Doctors determined at least one BB had penetrated the skull and gotten embedded in the boy’s brain. The boy was flown to UC Davis in California for treatment and is in critical but stable condition.

The boy's family told detectives that boys in the neighborhood were playing with airsoft or BB guns in the area of their home when a ricochet struck the little boy. Investigators say the victim’s mother tried to take him to the hospital, but when his condition severely worsened, she stopped at a fire station for help. Paramedics treated him and took him to the hospital.

Detectives then went to the victim’s home, examined the area and conducted interviews, and discovered the circumstances of the shooting were not what they had been told. Deputies left and returned to the home with a search warrant, and while the home was being searched, the boy's 13-year-old brother admitted shooting his brother with a BB gun rifle and hiding the gun in their garage, with the help of his cousin. Detectives say the gun was recovered, along with other items of interest, and the 13-year-old was arrested for Battery With a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm. He was taken to the Carson City Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives say this investigation remains actively open while they continue to collect information regarding the incident, including who assisted in hiding the information and evidence from investigators.