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Heartland Teenager Shot by Brother

A Heartland teenager is fighting for his life in a St. Louis hospital after he's shot by his own brother.

15 year old Joshua Eubanks family says it was an accident. But when police arrived at the Eubank's home Saturday afternoon they found Josh lying on the floor in a pool of blood. His older brother Sean desperately trying to stop his brother's bleeding.

Police say that Sean lay down a .22 caliber rifle the two were going to use for target shooting when it accidentally went off, shooting Joshua in the neck. " It's hit us real hard, it's been unbelievable and unexpected. It was something that we never thought would've happened to us," says Vickie Neunlist Joshua's Aunt. "It was just one of those freak accidents, that neither of the boys could've realized would happen," Neunlist said.

Josh's classmates are dealing with the sudden tragedy the best they can. They've signed words of encouragement to Joshua, and prayers on poster and cards for his recovery. "We just tried to talk to them about what was happening, that it was going to be quite some time before he would be all right. And to remember Joshua in their thoughts and prayers," says John Ashby Superintendent of Field Grade School.

Doctors have told the family that they'll know more about Joshua's injuries later in the week. So far all he's been able to do is move his hands and arms.

Jefferson County Sheriff Roger Mulch tells Heartland News that he's not planning to file any criminal charges in connection to this shooting. But Sheriff Mulch did stress that anytime you handle a gun, treat it as though it's loaded and keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.

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