Boy, 5, Shoots Neighbor, 4, In Prince George’s Co.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old boy has inadvertently shot his 4-year-old neighborhood while playing at a playground in Prince George’s County.

Police spokesman Cpl. Mike Rodriguez says officers were called to a shooting Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex on 23rd Parkway in Hillcrest Heights, where they found the 4-year-old with a gunshot wound. The boy, who was shot in the back, was taken to a hospital. Authorities say he is expected to survive.

Police say the 5-year-old shooter became scared by what had happened and hid the gun in his family’s apartment.

Authorities are trying to determine who owns the gun and where it came from.

Rodriguez did not identify either boy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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