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Child killed in northern Alberta after reported accidental shooting

WATCH ABOVE: A young boy is dead after being shot by his younger brother in a home near Grande Cache. Vinesh Pratap reports.

EDMONTON — There was no word Tuesday on whether charges will be laid after a gun being handled by two children accidentally fired and killed one of them in northwestern Alberta.

RCMP officers were sent to a home south of Grande Cache Monday morning after receiving a call about a reported accidental discharge of a firearm. The incident reportedly involved two children.

“It is very tragic,” RCMP Sgt. Josee Valiquette said in Edmonton.

“There was an accidental discharge in a residence south of Grande Cache at a rural acreage area. One of the children was very seriously injured and transported to local hospital and later on sent via STARS to Edmonton.

“The child has since died.”

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A cousin of the family said the child who died was a 10-year-old boy. The other child involved was his seven-year-old brother, Jolene, who has asked her last name not be used, told Global News.

Jolene said a funeral for the young boy will be held on Thursday.

“We’re not looking for any suspects. It involved two children,” said Valiquette.

“This matter is under investigation and I won’t speculate on whether there will be charges or not on this matter.”

Valiquette said the circumstances are difficult for everyone involved: family, friends and police officers.

“First and foremost it is the people involved, the families who are touched by this,” she said. “Our officers are trained to be able to deal with this sort of situation and then later on can seek assistance.”

Grande Cache is about 435 kilometres west of Edmonton.

With files from Global News.