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Death of Shippensburg boy, 8, ruled homicide

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The death of an 8-year-old boy who was shot by his 6-year-old brother at a Shippensburg area home has been ruled a homicide.

Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall said an autopsy Monday found that the boy, identified as Alexander P. Pfaff, died of a single gunshot to the head.

Pfaff died Thursday at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, four days after he was shot at a home in the first block Broad Street in Southampton Township.

The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office and state police continue to investigate and have filed no charges.

Authorities have seized evidence from the home, including a loaded revolver and a loaded rifle that were kept next to the bed in the master bedroom, according to search warrant papers.

Police said in the documents that they additionally seized marijuana pipes, Oxycodone, and several other prescription pill bottles.

The mother of the boys told police she was asleep and did not hear the gunshot. She said the younger boy woke her and told her, "I shot Alex," the document states.

Police said in the documents that the home was unfit for children because of piles of trash and clutter, abandoned vehicles, open food containers, piles of dirt, and the loaded rifle that was easily accessible to anyone who entered the master bedroom, the document states.

The 6-year-old has been placed in the custody of Cumberland County Children and Youth Services.


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