MANILA, Philippines -- An eight-year-old boy was killed after being shot accidentally by his own brother in Taytay, Palawan on New Year's Eve.
Authorities identified the victim as Gian Paulo Dela Vega. His 12-year-old brother was playing with a gun, which he found inside their home in Sitio Kawakayan, Barangay Alacalian, when the firearm suddenly went off, killing Gian.
The improvised firearm was allegedly owned by a neighbor.
The victim's brother initially fled their home, apparently suffering from shock and trauma. He returned days later.
Authorities are still investigating the incident as the owner of the gun has yet to be identified.
They are also looking at possible charges against Gian's parents who were not around when the incident occurred.
ANC Headstart, January 4, 2013