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Boy Kills Brother in Gun Accident

An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot to death by his 9-year-old brother Saturday after they found a loaded shotgun while playing in an abandoned building in an unincorporated area adjacent to South-Central Los Angeles, authorities said.

Erik Vidrio, hit once in the torso, died at the scene, a converted garage on West 88th Street in Athens, authorities said.

Homicide investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said several children were playing inside the building about 2 p.m. when they came across the 20-gauge shotgun.

The 9-year-old grabbed the weapon and accidentally fired one round, authorities said.

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Investigators late Saturday were attempting to track down the owner of the weapon and determine how the children found it.


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