Hmong leader speaks out after accidental shooting of toddler by brother


The accidental shooting of a 2-year-old toddler by his 4-year-old brother -- as well as a shooting of another 2-year-old in August -- has a Hmong leader in the state concerned, KARE-TV reported.

Robert Lor with the Hmong 18 Council, which represents thousands of Hmong across the state, calls the two accidental shootings in four months "a major issue."

Neegnco Xiong, 2, died Wednesday in Minneapolis after his brother found a loaded gun and shot him in a upstairs bedroom in the family's residence.

Neegnco Xiong's father, 33-year-old Kao Xiong, said Thursday that he had permit to carry the handgun, which was wedged under a pillow next to his bed’s headboard.

Lor said that gun safety in the Hmong community has been an issue his organization has been dealing with for years because it is difficult to find Hmong speaking-trainers who can bridge the language and cultural barrier, KARE reported.

Meanwhile, the father of the 2-year-old boy who survived after being shot in the head in August will be sentenced next week for negligent storage of a firearm.

See KARE's report featuring Lor below.

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