LAURINBURG — Police have arrested a 13-year-old in the shooting death of his 10 year-old brother.
The brother of Nijiher Bingham has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to Capt. Chris Young.
The shooting took place on March 1 when police were called to a home on Third Street.
“We located a 10-year-old with a gunshot wound. Officers attempted first aid and CPR, but the juvenile was deceased,” Young said.
The investigation revealed that Bingham’s older brother had been involved in the shooting.
“[It was] revealed that the 10 year-old and the 13-year-old brother had located a firearm and were tussling over it, fighting over the gun, when the 13 year-old shot the 10-year-old,” Young said.
On Wednesday, the teen was charged by juvenile petition and arrested on a secure custody order. He was transported to a juvenile detention facility.
According to Young, the investigation took nearly two months because police were dealing with a juvenile making the case more sensitive than a typical probe. Investigators were also trying to determine the origins of the gun and how it wound up in the hands to the two children.
The investigation into Bingham’s death continues, according to police.
Bingham was a fourth-grade student at Covington Street Elementary in Laurinburg.
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