Indiana Boy Craig Roberts, 13, Accidentally Shot Dead by 6-Year-Old Brother
Police in Greensburg have confirmed 13-year-old Craig Roberts was accidentally shot at his family’s home on North Carver Street by his 6-year-old brother, WTHR reported. According to police, the younger sibling picked up a gun being cleaned by his father after his wife called him into another room. The young boy pointed the gun at his brother and pulled the trigger.
WISHTV reports a child from a neighborhood home was visiting and playing with the Roberts brothers at the time of the deadly shooting.
“When she rode her bike home she called and screamed, ‘Call 911, call 911. Someone’s been shot,’” said Greensburg mom Marie Black.
According to WTHR, the 6-year-old had previously pointed the same gun at his sister.
Detectives spent much of Wednesday interviewing relatives who witnessed the shooting. Police have not yet determined whether anyone will be charged in connection with the teen’s death.
Neighbors reacted with shock and anger.
“I don’t like guns in a house anyhow, ’cause kids are gonna get ’em, but what are you gonna do? I feel bad for the little kid, my grandson went to school with him,” neighbor Connie Riley told WTHR.
“No gun should be left around where a kid can get a hold of it,” neighbor Shelby Bockover told WISHTV.
The Indianapolis Star reported Roberts was a student at Greensburg Junior High School, where he participated in drama groups, the school choir, the archery team, the school television production and the National Junior Honor Society.
Grief counselors were on hand at the school to help students deal with the tragedy.
“It’s a tough day. People holding up well but it’s just a challenging day for everybody,” School Resource Officer Bruce Coppel told WISHTV.
Roberts was the second Greensburg Junior High School student to be shot to death in the past month. On February 25, Tyler Hall was shot and killed by his father, who then shot himself dead.