A 9-year-old Albion boy was hospitalized in stable condition Friday after he was shot in the arm Thursday night by his older brother, who police said was playing with a stolen handgun.
The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the family residence at 341 Caroline St. in the village, according to Albion Police Lt. Thomas O’Hearn.
“After the victim was shot, he and his brother ran to the neighbor’s house where his mother was,” said O’Hearn. The boy was then transported from the house by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
A subsequent investigation revealed the 13-year-old brother had stolen the .38-caliber handgun from an elderly acquaintance of the family. The older brother appeared to be playing with the gun in a second-floor bedroom when it discharged, striking the 9-year-old, who was lying on a bed nearby.
The brothers’ names were not released due to their ages.
Police said the father was believed to be inside the Caroline Street home at the time of the incident.
Police confirmed that neither parent was aware their 13-year-old son was in possession of a handgun.
The investigation also revealed the 13-year-old had stolen a second handgun – a .22-caliber – from the same family acquaintance. That weapon was found hidden in the family’s detached garage.
Albion police charged the 13-year-old with felony counts of reckless endangerment, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon. He was issued appearance tickets to appear at the Orleans County Probation Department due to his juvenile status.
Village of Albion code enforcement officers were called to the Caroline Street house and issued several code violations and revoked the certificate of occupancy for the structure. Police declined to comment on the nature of the violations.
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