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13-year-old boy fatally shoots 12-year-old brother while they were home alone

By Mason White 6:24 PM December 26, 2016
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A young boy was shot and killed after his parents left him home alone with his older brother, according to police in Tennessee.

The Knoxville Police Department said that on Tuesday, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a shooting call at a residence in the 2100 block of Needham Lane.

When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a 12-year-old boy dead in a bedroom from a gunshot wound.

Initially, it appeared that the boy died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

As the investigation continued and additional evidence was examined, it became apparent that the child died as a result of a homicide.

Multiple interviews were conducted throughout the night. Early on Wednesday morning, the victim’s 13-year-old brother was charged with first-degree murder.

The suspect is being held in the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center. The two brothers were home alone when the shooting occurred.

The 13-year-old boy called his parents and they called the police. The two brothers attended the Northwest Middle School.