A 6-year-old Toms River, N.J., boy who was shot in the head Monday by his 4-year-old neighbor, died Tuesday night, Ocean County authorities said tonight.
According to Police Sgt. Robert Rankin, authorities were called to investigate a shooting about 6:40 p.m. Monday on McCormick Drive. They arrived to find the boy, 6, had been wounded by one shot. He was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and is in serious condition.
Details were few, but the incident occurred in the 4-year-old's yard after he apparently went inside and got access to the .22 caliber rifle. It was not clear how he got the weapon. Nor was it clear if the boy pulled the trigger purposefully, or if the firearm discharged accidentally. The boy's father and mother were home at the time.
Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the 4-year-old was about 15 yards from the 6-year-old when the rifle fired.
Police are still investigating the incident and have not yet decided whether to charge anyone.
No names have been released.
Daily News reporter Solomon D. Leach contributed to this report.