Gun in accidental shooting of toddler was left under pillow


A 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother in Minneapolis Wednesday found a loaded gun tucked under a pillow in an upstairs bedroom.

The boys' father, 33-year-old Kao Xiong, tells the Star Tribune that he had a permit to carry the semi-automatic handgun and had wedged it under a pillow next to his bed's headboard.

The toddler, Neegnco, died before he could be transported to the hospital.

The other three children that live in the home were taken into protective custody while the parents were being interviewed by authorities.

In Minnesota, it is a crime to store a loaded firearm in a manner where a child can gain access to it. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will review the case for any possible charges.

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