YAKIMA, Wash - A four year old Yakima boy has died after being shot with a pellet gun. Neighbors of the boy say they are shocked and don't know how this could happen. Him and his family live on the 1400 block of South 8th Street.
Police won't release any names, but say it was all an accident. The boy's twin brother shot the victim in the back. Investigators say the pellet went through to the boy's chest. The family tried to take him to a nearby clinic when they found out it was closed. That is when they called 9-1-1. The boy was then taken to the hospital where he died an hour later.
"We will probably present this to the prosecuters office, but I don't think the police or county can do anything more to this family, it's just tragic," explained Detective Dave Kelett of the Yakima Police Department.
Investigators say the boy was shot with a pellet gun rifle. The kind he used is almost as powerful as a 22 rifle. They warn families to treat these kind of weapons like real fire arms and to not let children play with them.