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After 1-Year-Old Is Fatally Shot by His 3-Year-Old Brother, Police Chief Issues Pointed Statement About America's 'Fascination' With Guns

"This is a senseless loss of life ... and it's directly related to guns."

Image source: WEWS-TV

UPDATE 3:30 a.m. EST: CLEVELAND (TheBlaze/AP) — Police said charges likely will be brought against the person who took a gun to the house where a 3-year-old boy shot and killed his 1-year-old brother.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said investigators are trying to determine how the gun was left within the reach of a child.

The boy who died was identified as Braylon Robinson.

Original story below

CLEVELAND (TheBlaze/AP) — A 3-year-old boy picked up an unattended gun inside a home and it went off, shooting a 1-year-old boy in the face and killing him Sunday afternoon, police said.

The 1-year-old was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Image source: WEWS-TV

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said investigators are trying to determine where the gun came from.

Full details about the shooting on the city's east side weren't released, but Williams said at least one adult was home when it happened.

"It's a sad day for Cleveland," he told reporters outside the home. "This fascination that we have with handguns, not just in this city but in this country, has to stop. This is a senseless loss of life ... and it's directly related to guns. We need to really take a hard look at the things that we’re doing out there on the state, local, and the national level to get some of these guns out of our communities. Because nothing good ever happens."

Cleveland.com reported that the boy's mother could be heard screaming on the back porch after learning her son had died.

Neighbors told the news website the mother lived in the house with at least three small children.

"They were really nice," next-door neighbor Larry Simpson said of the family. "It's a shame this had to happen."

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