A toddler in the US has accidentally been shot dead by his own brother.
The terrible tragedy happened at the family’s Louisa County home in Virginia on Tuesday.
Local media report the older boy, aged 4, thought the gun was a toy.
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A Louisa Country Sheriff officer said the mother was home at the time of the shooting, however it’s not known how the youngster got his hands on the gun.
Major Donald A. Lowe pleaded with residents to ensure their firearms were locked away safely.
“It’s of paramount importance to make sure your guns are secured and out of the reach of children and everything,” he told local media.
“At least have them unloaded or a safety lock on them, whatever you have to do to keep them from being discharged accidentally.”