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UPDATE: Toms River 6-Year-Old, Shot By 4-Year-Old, Dies

"There were other weapons," chief says as police continue to investigate scene of Monday night tragedy

JERSEY SHORE-- A Toms River 6-year-old who was shot in the head by a 4-year-old died Tuesday, according to Toms River police.

Brandon Holt died almost a day after he was shot in the McCormick Drive yard of the 4-year-old.

Other weapons were found at the scene of the Monday night shooting, according to Toms River Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy.

Mastronardy said that the boy obtained a .22 caliber rifle from inside the residence. The state Division of Youth and Family Services were also called to the scene because there were three other children in the home.

The parents were "nearby" when the incident occurred, the chief said. The mother of the 4-year-old called 911.

The 6-year-old was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with a head injury and was in serious condition until around 5 p.m. Tuesday, the chief said. 

The shooting occurred in the Cedar Grove area of the township, according to Toms River schools Assistant Superintendent James Hauenstein, who received the news during a New Jersey School Boards Association meeting Monday night. 

The children were outside the home when the 4-year-old boy went inside to get the rifle, and then shot the 6-year-old about 15 yards away, the chief said. Mastronardy did not say if the 4-year-old pulled the trigger, or if the rifle accidentally discharged.

The 4-year-old's parents were home at the time, but no names have been released.

Authorities were on scene at a McCormick Drive home Monday night and had the yard cordoned off with yellow tape. Toms River police and county vehicles remained on the scene.

Hauenstein said that the victim is a student at Saint Joseph's Grade School. He said that Toms River schools officials will be available to provide counseling services to students at Cedar Grove Elementary and Saint Joseph's. 

Kathy April 10, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Sorry but YOU are the idiot! It happened because a loaded gun was left where a child could get at it. It is NOT a rare occurence as it happens daily across the country. We just don't hear of every incident. The parents need to be charged w/ something for their irresponsibility. A hefty fine or several hours of community service making speeches about safe gun possession might be considered. Plus not be allowed to EVER own any types of gun again.
Cadillac Queed April 10, 2013 at 04:04 PM
This happens because you have STUPID! people like these parents who have weapons in the house that are not secured. It is the parents fault, and should be prosecuted. This is not the first time this has happened, Then us the responsible gun owner always pays the price. Then there is people out there who should not even be parents.
Keith E April 10, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Linda, as a Republican I will attest that it's pretty clear where the failure is in this instance: With the parents. This has nothing to do with gun control. It has to do with very stupid parents. Care to discuss?
Miel Manni April 10, 2013 at 04:05 PM
How in God's name does a four-year-old know how to use a rifle???
kma April 10, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Should have gotten rid of wife.
John Jones April 10, 2013 at 04:08 PM
"guns kill people" haha Natalie you have some serious issues if you actually believe that. There was a mass stabbing yesterday in Texas... should knives be considered assault weapons now? KNIVES KILL PEOPLE!
hf2hvit April 10, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Gee...if only the six year old had a gun...
S.K.Koogle April 10, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Another genius gun owner. If you have children your guns should be locked in a gun safe, but DON'T tell the kids where the key is.
Tim H April 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Kudos to you for marrying a very smart lady.
Alan Braunstein April 10, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Tony, Why are you insisting that gun control is a Liberal agenda? More then 80 per cent of All Americans want backround checks and other laws passed to eliminate assualt rifles and high magazine clips.
Albert Gazalooch April 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
When you start bringing warships and cannons into the equation, it shows how stupid you really are. Have an "S" tattooed to your forehead before somebody does it for you!
Josephine Pirrong April 10, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Wow, another tragedy with guns! A lot of these deaths could be prevented "IF ONLY" people were more responsible. RIP, sweet Angel! It's so sad you had so little time on this earth! Can't type anymore, I'm crying!
Albert Gazalooch April 10, 2013 at 05:24 PM
You and the scarecrow have something in common!
mike conte April 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
What a tragedy!!! As in the Newtown shooting, the PARENTS are responsible for this!!! You dont ever EVER leave a loaded gun in your house when there are children !! I am a licensed gun owner, and live ALONE and the pistol i have for self defense is NEVER kept loaded!! I know I can load it in a half a second so there is no reason to chamber the bullet until you are ready to use it. Gun owners need to be RESPONSIBLE !!!
South End April 10, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Radios werent invented when the First Ammendment was written. Now we have Talk Radio. Should we eliminate the First Ammendment too, because of technological changes?
John Eric Mangino April 10, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Four four years Six six years old both will never ge the same both Familys will never be the same . A loaded 22 rifle . In the same house . 4 year old unsupervised had the ability to go in checked get a rifle come back outside and then accidentally shoot his friend . No parents watching the four year old no parents watching the six year old . Any Questions . Gun owner should do life for leaving a loaded gun in a four year olds path Period .
letsallgetalong April 11, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Although your comment about guns is a worthy one, I find it interesting that alcohol, which has done more to destroy families, kill people, and negatively influence the upbringing of children continues to take a backseat to all other issues. Why not fight to lower the alcohol content, limit the amount that can be purchased, require an ID card so we can identify abusers etc.....most of these folks have never been involved with guns yet they want to take a stance on the issue, on the other hand they have more than likely been negatively impacted with alcohol addictions and do nothing to change its destruction - stupid is forever
elaine koppen April 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM
maybe we should
elaine koppen April 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I agree that cars are dangerous too. not sure about hammers.the parents are responsible for this mess. why did child even know gun was in house and where it was.
stock April 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Send the parents of both 4 yr old and 6 yr old to the prison. Where were they when the accident happened?
CJV April 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Horrific tragedy, with permanent consequences for so many. Scars that never heal. One of the NRA's many lies is to claim they support enforcing existing laws related to gun safety. When criminal negligence by parents occurs, the NRA defends this. saying the offending parents have "suffered enough." Sorry, they haven't. Another question concerns the negligent parents' homeowner's insurance being on-the-hook here. It would be incredibly perverse if you and I ended up paying for this negligence with higher insurance rates. The NRA would laugh at this, of course. The NRA would fight any rule that sought to immunize you and I from liability for negligent gun-owning parents. Nonetheless, the NJ Legislature should address this if the insurance company is sought as deep pockets.
Mitch Greenberg April 14, 2013 at 07:01 PM
All these comments seem to have been written before the 6-year-old died. Now he won't need therapy. Just a funeral. How ANYONE can stand up for casual gun ownership in the face of these situations is beyond the ken of rational humans with a mind, a heart and a conscience. Turn in your weapons before it's too late!
Mitch Greenberg April 14, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Mrgrumpass (first name or last?); Just curious... all these guns you have locked away, why do you need to have them? Surely you don't own, or do, everything not specifically prohibited by law. Most responsible people have REASONS for owning or doing what they do. What are yours? Who or what are you planning to shoot, and why?
Jay Bell April 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Now, how in the world does the new gun legislation stop shootings such as this? Is there anything in it that prosecutes the owners of the guns? Of course not, because this gun control debate has turned into class warfare and political scapegoating! Most of these accidental shooting are caused by people who have passed the background checks! www.firebrandcentral.com
letsallgetalong April 14, 2013 at 07:44 PM
@mitch - u can't be for real. It's his right to own guns. It's no different than a parent who leaves alcohol in the home unattended. More kids die in car accidents due to alcohol than guns. Safe to assume that you don't have an issue with that though.
Tara April 15, 2013 at 04:57 AM
It is so sad that another child has died in such a tragic way. It is also sad that as usual ppl are blaming the weapon. It could have been an accidental death by knife, a fall down a flight of stairs, hit by a car etc... The parents and THEIR negligence are to blame. If we should turn our weapons in as one person claims then we should also turn in our poisonous cleaning supplies, sharp cooking utensils, razors and the many other dangerous household items our children are around everyday. You wouldn't leave a butcher knife out where a child could grab it or rat poison . So why on Earth would you leave a loaded gun within a child's reach?
I'd-Rather-Be-at-63 April 15, 2013 at 02:31 PM
"If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns." "Out of my cold dead hands." Shame on us.
Stu Pudasso May 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
The dead kid does NOT need therapy.
Paul Ciralo May 02, 2013 at 03:34 AM
wish the captain would go find his little buddy gilligan and get lost with the minnow instead of polluting this thread with his nonsense. another blowhard willing to say anything but too cowardly to put his name behind what he says.
Barbara May 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Just wondering how the investigation is going into this tragic event. Haven't heard anything lately.

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