From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:  Franklin County, VA — On April 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM the Office of the Sheriff received a 911 call in reference to a shooting on Double Oaks Lane in the Burnt Chimney community of Franklin County. Deputies arrived on the scene a few minutes later and found a seven year old male, with a gunshot wound, lying on the floor of the residence. The juvenile was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Update: The preliminary investigation indicates that the seven year old was playing at a neighbor’s residence with his twelve year old brother. The twelve year old found a handgun and accidentally discharged the firearm, striking and instantly killing the seven year old.  The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in this time of tragedy.