PERRIS ( — Authorities Monday continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally shot by his older brother.

Around 12:10 p.m. on Saturday, deputies from the Perris Police Department were sent to a home in the 100 block of Metz Road for report of an accidental shooting.

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Upon their arrival, officials located the young boy suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victim’s 14-year-old brother had accidentally shot him. One of the boys discovered the gun inside a box, and began to play with it, which led up to the shooting.

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“The older brother pointed [the gun] at the younger brother, pulled the trigger and apparently it was loaded,” explained Mayor Daryl Busch. “He died from the shot.”

It remains unclear if the gun was properly permitted.

At this time, authorities are referring to the incident as a tragic accident, and not a deliberate act.

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Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Perris Police Station at (951) 210-1045.