GENEVA, Ind. -- A 12-year-old boy who was accidentally shot by his brother in their Jennings County home has died.
Major Jerry Shepherd, with the Jennings County Sheriff's Department, said, "officers found a 12-year-old child shot once in the head, shot by his 16-year-old brother."
Major Shepherd said the older brother was moving a .22 caliber rifle when it suddenly went off around 11:30 Monday night, while their parents were sleeping, striking 12-year-old Seth Box.
"I believe they thought the weapon was empty when it wasn't," Shepherd said.
It happened at the 9700 block of County Road 275 West in Geneva, Ind. A quiet area in the countryside where the Jennings County Sheriff Department says firearms are common.
The 12-year-old's name is not being released. He was rushed to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis where he died.
Police believe this is a tragic accident and do not expect charges to be filed.