UPDATED: Child Accidentally Shot by Brother in Harford County Dies

The incident took place Saturday morning in Pylesville.

UPDATED (4:19 p.m.)—An 11-year-old boy who police believe was accidentally shot by his younger brother Saturday in Pylesville has died, a Harford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

The victim, identified as Michael Alexander Szoke, of the 1200 block of Ridge Road in Pylesville, sustained a gunshot wound in the 900 block of Old Pylesville Road, Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS spokesman Rich Gardiner confirmed to Patch.

 spokeswoman Monica Worrell said police were alerted to the incident at 7:20 a.m. Saturday after the boy's grandmother reported the shooting.

The 11-year-old, who police believe was playing in the woods with his younger brother at the time of the shooting, died on the way to the landing zone to be flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Worrell said.

Worrell said a handgun was found in the woods around 10 a.m. near the boy's home and it is believed that his 8-year-old brother accidentally shot him.

This determination was made after after K-9 units, along with air support from Maryland State Police searched northern Harford County in an effort to determine the source of the gunshot.

According to a news release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the boys took the handgun from a secured area of an elderly neighbor’s property when they had gone to his house to help him with yard work.

There are no charges filed at this time, pending a review by the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to the release.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Chrystie C-S June 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I graduated from high school with the father of these two little boys and this terrible accident happened less then two minutes from my home. My heart breaks for them. I will be keeping them in my thoughts and prayers. I wish those who are quick to judge would step back and wait for the facts to be released. What good does it do to point fingers? Placing blame will not reverse this terrible accident.
Carrie T June 05, 2012 at 02:51 AM
It's good to have an open dialogue about this awful tragedy. It helps to raise gun-safety awareness! Lots of love and prayers for all involved!!!
bpositive June 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
My heart is breaking for this family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Christopher Kidwell August 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I blame the parents of these children. I told my children that if they were to find a gun they were NOT to touch it and were to go tell an adult. Why weren't these children told that?
Christopher Kidwell August 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
A dialogue is fine. However, I already see anti-gun idiots using this to say "BAN THE GUNS!" Really, maybe it's time to teach children very early what to do when they find a gun: Don't touch it, go get an adult, and let them take care of it.


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