Four-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Playmate

Four-Year-Old Fatally Shoots PlaymateA 6-year-old New Jersey boy has died after being shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate as their parents stood in the yard nearby, a local police chief said.

‘Children accidentally shooting others’

Brandon Holt was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, according to Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy. It was the second incident in the United States in recent days involving young children accidentally shooting others.

Brandon was playing in and around the 4-year-old’s Toms River home on Monday evening when the younger child left the yard and went inside, police explained.

‘Struck in the head’

“The 4-year-old … retrieved a rifle within the house, a .22-caliber rifle, came outside,” Mastronardy told reporters earlier Tuesday. “… A shot went out and the 6-year-old was struck in the head.”

The Atlantic County prosecutor’s office is leading the investigation to determine whether charges will be filed in the case and, if so, against whom, Mastronardy said Tuesday night. This eastern New Jersey incident follows another fatal shooting days ago that also involved a 4-year-old boy, this time in Tennessee.

Why do you think are cases like this are increasing nowadays? Should charges be filed against the 4-year-old’s parents? Feel free to share your opinion regarding this harrowing incident and what should be done to prevent it from happening again.

Source: Julia Talanova and Laura Batchelor, CNN

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‘Harry Potter’ Star Put Behind Bars for 2 Years

An actor in the Harry Potter movies was jailed for two years Tuesday for his role in riots that swept London last summer.

Jamie Waylett, 22, who appeared as Hogwarts school bully Vincent Crabbe in six Harry Potter films, was found guilty of violent disorder at Wood Green Crown Court, in north London.

He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods during rioting last August, according to court documents posted online. However, the court cleared him of a charge of possessing an article with intent to destroy or damage property in relation to a petrol bomb he was carrying.

Waylett had chosen to go out on the streets on what was the third day of the violence, the judge said, and video footage showed him near a supermarket that was being looted. Waylett was given a two-year sentence for violent disorder and 12 months for handling stolen goods, to run concurrently, according to the court documents.

Rioting first broke out in Tottenham, north London, in the wake of a peaceful protest over the fatal shooting of a local man by police. It spread to other parts of London and other English cities over the following days. The disorder was followed by a huge police crackdown on suspected rioters.

Source: CNN

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