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10-year-old arrested for home shooting

A 10-year-old was arrested Sunday after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at his 14-year-old brother. The gun went off, but no one was hurt, police said.

The two boys were home alone at their apartment on the 1800 block of U.S. Highway 50. Police said that during the argument, the 14-year-old twisted his younger brother’s arm behind his back. After being released, the 10-year-old went into another room and retrieved a loaded .22 caliber pistol from a cabinet. When he pointed the gun at his brother, the 14-year-old grabbed the pistol and it discharged.

Neither boy was hit, but the bullet traveled through the apartment wall, an entry way, and another wall before landing on a neighbor’s kitchen floor.

The boy’s mother was at work during the shooting. She later called a mental health worker, who then notified police around 3:19 p.m.

The 10-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempting to commit a crime and attempted murder, and was transported to the Placerville juvenile hall.

Police said they are also trying to determine if the boys’ mother might be facing a criminal violation for allowing the gun to be accessible to the boys. Police said the woman claimed the gun was a friend’s and she was just holding it.

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