Franklin County 13-year-old taken into custody after fatally shooting younger brother

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. (WHTM) — Pennsylvania State Police have taken 13-year-old Brayden Wright into custody after he fatally shot his 9-year-old brother in Waynesboro Borough Wednesday morning.

Officials say police were sent to a home on Cleveland Avenue around 7:15 a.m. to investigate. Once there, police found the 9-year-old boy, who was taken to Waynesboro Hospital where he died from his injuries.

State police say Wright found a 9mm handgun inside the home and fatally shot his brother.

“We just want to remind parents to make sure that if you do have handguns inside of a residence, to make sure that they are secure and that they are locked and secured away from children,” said Trooper Megan Ammerman, public information officer for Troop H. “This just shows how easily kids can retrieve a handgun and an incident like this can happen.”

He now faces pending charges that include criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

“At that age, you know right from wrong and obviously you know what a gun does, so that is why the charges are the way they are,” Ammerman said.

Authorities say the public is not in any danger.

This is a developing story. ABC27 News will provide more information as it becomes available.

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