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Boy kills 2-year-old brother in what police call an accidental shooting

July 10, 2010 |  1:30 pm

A 9-year-old North Hills boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother in what police are describing as a tragic accident.

Los Angeles police responded to a radio call of an "ambulance shooting" in the 16700 block of Parthenia Street about 5:50 p.m. Friday and discovered a 2-year-old boy with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Detectives determined that the boy's 9-year-old brother had accidentally shot the toddler while playing with a loaded firearm. The toddler was taken to a local hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.

KTLA reports that the older boy climbed up inside a closet and found the gun. It is not clear whether the gun was locked up. No charges are pending at this time, police said.

-- Ruben Vives