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Clearwater boy accidentally shoots brother while playing with gun

CLEARWATER — A child was in critical but stable condition Saturday night after being accidently shot by his older brother earlier in the day.

Gabriel Carpio, 3, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries after the incident. He is expected to be transferred to All Children's Hospital at some point.

Police said Gabriel and his 6-year-old brother were playing with an unsecured gun when the weapon went off and hit the child.

Officers were called to 1781 N Fort Harrison Ave. shortly after 5 p.m., police spokeswoman Beth Watts said.

An investigation revealed the older boy got the gun, a .32 caliber semiautomatic, from the top of a television set in a bedroom, Watts said. The child discharged the weapon once, hitting his younger brother in the upper torso.

The injured child's mother rushed out of the home, cradling her son and screaming, neighbors said.

Donald Haynes, who lives around the corner from the family, said he heard the commotion.

"I heard the ambulance sirens," Haynes, 58, said. "I saw a child laying on the ground with a bunch of people around him. He went out of here on oxygen."

Clearwater investigators will work with the State Attorney's Office to determine if any charges will be filed, Watts said. Police did not release the names of the injured child's parents or his older brother.

The gun is registered to the boys' father, who wasn't home at the time of the accident, Watts said.

Police have not been called out to the home before Saturday's incident, she said.

"It's a pretty sad thing," Haynes said.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8643.

Clearwater boy accidentally shoots brother while playing with gun 02/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 20, 2010 11:37pm]
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