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3-year-old dead in Bonham

By AP News

Bonham – Fannin County authorities say an accidental shooting near Bonham has left a three-year-old dead and his nine-year-old brother wounded.

Authorities believe a .22 caliber rifle went off Sunday after a seven-year-old brother of the victims put it down on a table after the family had been in a barn hunting rats.

Fannin County Sheriff's investigator Wayne Walker said that the father believed he had unloaded the rifle, but he apparently missed a round.

Walker says a bullet struck the three-year-old boy in the head. A fragment of the bullet then ricocheted and lodged into the nine-year-old boy's arm.

Both children were transported to Northeast Medical Center in Bonham.

Walker says the three-year-old died en route to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

The shootings remain under investistigation.