A 13-year-old boy from Lincoln County, Oklahoma is in police custody for allegedly firing a crossbow arrow at a pair of brothers on Saturday after an argument. A 10-year-old boy and his 8-year-old brother were both hit with the same arrow.
The older boy, Austin Almanza died at the scene, Fox8 reports, after the arrow went through his lower torso. The arrow then struck the the arm of his younger brother Ayden Almanza.
“I’m the neighbor,” a man told a police dispatcher in a frantic 911 call. “There’s an arrow that went through one of the kids, and it’s stuck in the other one.”
Ayden has been treated for his injuries and has since been released. The shooting occurred in a field where neighborhood children often play.
"All three of these kids are friends, they play together," said Sheriff Charles Dougherty. He said that "there was a disagreement amongst the three prior to the shooting."
Austin’s death is being treated as a homicide.
“Austin is dead because of an action that took place, so until something steers us in another direction, we’re going to work it as a homicide,” Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said, according to People.
The 13-year-old boy is being held at a juvenile detention center. He has not been identified. A YouCaring page has been set up to help the Almanza family.
According to KOKO5, news of the incident has shocked the community at the brothers’ school.
“It’s just a devastating kind of shock for students who are with them one day and then, one day, you find out there’s been a death and tragic accident,” Dr. Bob Gragg, interim superintendent, said.
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