WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — UPDATE, 11 p.m.
A Warner Robins boy is in serious condition at the Medical Center, Navicent Health after police say he was shot earlier Monday by his brother.
The boy's father, Jonathan Felton, says doctors are optimistic the 10-year-old will recover without any long-term damage. He's scheduled for surgery in the morning.
Family friend Damion Chatfield called the news "a blessing."
Police say the gun belonged to one of the parents. Felton said it was a rifle that he had locked up away from the kids.
Warner Robins Acting Police Chief John Wagner wouldn't confirm that, but did say over a text message the gun was unloaded and put away in a cabinet away from the boys.
Chatfield spoke up for the parents, calling them "good people."
"Ain't nothing bad about them," he said.
In a text, Wagner said the gun was in a spot where the kids would have needed to deliberately go get it and load it to use it -- it wasn't just lying around somewhere they'd typically be.
When asked if there could be any charges against the parents, Wagner said it was "doubtful."
A 10-year-old is in serious condition after being ‘accidentally’ shot by his teen brother Monday afternoon.
According to Warner Robins Police, it happened around 12:30 p.m. in the 200-block of Strawbridge Lane.
When they arrived at the scene, they met with the 10-year-old victim who was accidentally shot in the arm by his 13-year-old brother.
The two boys were at home and playing with the gun, which belonged to one of their parents and was previously stored, when it discharged.
The victim was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon. The 13-year-old will be charged with reckless conduct.
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