(SL) – A 16-year old boy is dead after being shot in the head by an 11-year old. CNN reports the 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy was home alone, with his 4-year-old sister, when he had to stave off several home invasion attempts. The pre-teen ultimately ended up shooting and killing a 16-year-old intruder.
According to police, the teenager, whose name has not been released, had been shot in the head, by the 11-year-old while breaking into the home. When officers arrived they discovered the teenager’s body lying in the front foyer.
St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman said it was the third time that the 16-year-old had attempted to break into the house Thursday. Neither sibling was hurt.
However, authorities say the kid’s account isn’t the only version of what happened with at least one neighbor questioning the veracity of his story.
The neighbor told CNN affiliate KMOV that the boys were arguing on the front porch before the younger child pulled out a gun and shot the teenager. The woman said the 16-year-old didn’t enter the house. “They were just arguing loud, you know, back and forth,”
“He was always was just sitting right there on the porch,” she said. “He never did once go inside the house.”
Reportedly, the mother purchased the handgun because of prior break-in attempts. No word yet on why the 11-year had access to the firearm and or why he was left alone with his 4-year old sister. The family is cooperating with police.