GENEVA, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A horrible accident occurred at a Jennings County family home.
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.
"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.
"Neighbors say a lot of kids in our area, it's remote rural area, and we shoot. We don't believe they were playing with the gun. It was just an accident," Shepherd said.
The 12-year-old's name is not being released but he's being treated at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. He's currently in critical condition.
The Jennings County prosecutor will review this case to determine if any charges will be filed. But the sheriff's department says that most likely won't happen.