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St. Paul father gets probation following accidental shooting of 2-year-old

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A St. Paul dad was sentenced to two years of probation Thursday over an August incident where his 9-year-old son accidentally shot his 2-year-old brother in the head, the Star Tribune reported.

Lue Xiong, 43, was sentenced to negligent storage of a loaded firearm where a child can access it -- a gross misdemeanor. The 2-year-old survived the shooting and is reportedly doing well after physical therapy.

The 9-year-old brother reportedly found a gun in a file cabinet drawer in his parents' bedroom on Aug. 2 before accidentally shooting his younger brother.

The sentencing comes just over a week after another 2-year-old was accidentally shot to death by his 4-year-old brother.

Neegnco Xiong, 2, died Dec. 5 after his 4-year-old brother found a loaded gun and shot him in his parent's bedroom of his family's Minneapolis residence.

The boys' father, Kao Xiong, said that he had permit to carry the handgun, which was wedged under a pillow next to his bed’s headboard.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has not determined whether it will file any charges.

A leader with the Hmong 18 Council addressed both shootings last week, noting 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.

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