HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A North Huntsville family is coping with loss after a teenager was shot and killed by his brother in what appears to be a tragic accident at an apartment complex on the city’s north side.
Huntsville police report that two teenage brothers were involved in the shooting at Magnolia Place Apartments on Winchester Road. It happened around 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Authorities tell WAFF that the gun, a rifle, was left in the home by a friend of the two teenage brothers. The older brother, who is 17-years-old, was killed. The younger brother, who is 15-years-old, was questioned by police and released following the incident. The case will be presented to a grand jury but police don’t expect there to be any charges.
“Right now, it’s being handled as a death investigation,” said Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department. “It appears to be an accidental shooting at this moment and that’s how we’re treating it,” said Lt. Johnson.
“The family that arrived was extremely emotional. They lost a loved one,” Lt. Johnson continued.
Family members declined an interview at the scene. The brothers are not enrolled in Huntsville City Schools, according to their spokesman, meaning they are home schooled or attend private school. Their names were not released because they are juveniles. Relatives could be seen comforting the 15 year old brother as they learned about what happened.
The fatal incident comes on the heels of another recent accidental shooting at an elementary school in Huntsville after a 7 year old found a gun at home and brought it to Blossomwood Elementary, causing injuries. On Thursday, police once again stressed gun safety.
“It’s turned out to be an accidental shooting with a long gun involved. It just goes without saying about gun safety and not leaving them within arms reach of your children,” Lt. Johnson said.