Florida – A YOUNG teenager has killed his six-year-old brother and wounded an older sibling before turning the gun on himself during an argument over food.
The three brothers were home alone and started squabbling over dinner when the 13-year-old grabbed a handgun and shot his two siblings before killing himself, police in Pasco County said.
Officers received a call about the shooting at 6.19pm local time on Wednesday in the city of Hudson, some 45 miles (72km) north of Tampa.
The older brother was taken to a hospital and his injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said in a statement.
The names of the children were not released by authorities.
“This is a horrific scene,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
“This is a nightmare when you hear about the ages of these boys, a six-year-old that was probably playing in his room, an argument over food and he lost his life.”
The Tampa Bay Times said that the children’s mother was at work and a fourth son, who is 18 years old, was not at the house.