SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A mother was arrested after her 12-year-old son was accidentally shot and killed by his twin brother, who gained access to an "unsecured firearm" in California, police said.
Police said they responded to a shooting San Bernardino around 7:30 p.m. Monday and found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound.
The boy was transported to a hospital, where he died.
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An investigation revealed the siblings gained access to the gun and one of the siblings fired the weapon, striking the boy, police said in a news release.
Police said the boys were home alone, loaded the handgun themselves and started playing around with it.
"It turns out that the weapon was possibly unsecured within the residence and the juvenile was able to retrieve the weapon, was playing with it in the residence and pointed it at the victim and accidentally fired a round," said Sgt. John Echevarria with San Bernardino police.
Police said the mother of the children, identified as 45-year-old Gabriela Keeton, was taken into custody after being contacted at the scene. She is behind bars on suspicion of felony child endangerment.
Officials say the boys' father was in the hospital during the incident for an unrelated medical issue.
California mother arrested after 12-year-old son accidentally kills twin brother