A father has been arrested and charged with murder after his 8-year-old son shot and killed his 6-year-old baby brother with a gun found on the floor of a bedroom inside their Stone Mountain, Georgia home , friday.
D’onte Patterson, 29, has been charged with murder, child cruelty, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine after transporting the youngest son, V’Onte, to hospital after his older brother shot him.
A neighbour, not wanting to be named, told DailyMail.com it was an AR-15 that was used in the shooting, which police believe was an accident.
The neighbor said seven children were in the house and the children’s father and uncle were downstairs at the time of the incident.
They said V’Onte was shot in the mouth and the father and uncle took the boy to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
D’onte Patterson, 29, has been charged with murder after his 8-year-old son shot and killed his baby brother, V’Onte, 6, inside their home in Stone Mountain, Georgia, ( picture) friday
A neighbor claimed the eldest son used an AR-15 rifle to shoot his brother
Another neighbour, Annette Barber, 62, said she was heartbroken when she learned of the child’s death
The neighbor added that the gun used in the shooting was allegedly loaded and placed on the floor next to the bed in an upstairs bedroom when the 8-year-old found it and shot his brother.
Patterson confirmed the gun was his and the children found it on the bedroom floor, police said.
The DeKalb County Police Department said the investigation is ongoing as they interview occupants of the home. Authorities have confirmed that seven children and four adults occupy the house.
Another neighbour, Annette Barber, 62, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, told DailyMail.com that she returned in full view of police cars, news helicopters and the FBI, and that a police detective had told him that a boy had been shot in his neighbor’s house.
“All of them were playing with her grandson in her garden the day before yesterday,” she said.
Barber added that the family had not lived in the house for over a year and also heard that the eldest found the gun and shot his younger brother V’Onte in the mouth.
“It’s heartbreaking and my heart goes out to the family,” Barber said. “It’s such a tragic loss. It hurts my heart deeply.
Patterson rushed her son to hospital after the two children found his gun on a bedroom floor. Police believe the shooting was an accident
The DeKalb County Police Department said the investigation is ongoing as they interview occupants of the home, which was home to seven children and four adults.
Another neighbour, Hiram McDonald, also lamented the tragedy that befell the family.
“I wish this had never happened,” McDonald said. Fox 5. ‘I loved the boy. Like I said, he was like a son to me. I just hate that it happened.
Parrish Hurst, who lives across from the Pattersons, echoed the grief.
“My heart truly goes out to the family for their loss,” Hurst said. 11 Alivebecause we really have to keep an eye on our kids these days.
“They get into so many things, so fast. So we can’t take any risks with our children. So my heart goes out, and my condolences, to the family for their loss.