Boy, 6, kills brother, 3, playing "cops and robbers," police say

Family members of the young child accidentally killed in Chicago by his older brother gather outside of Mount Sinai Hospital.

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago police say a man was charged with felony child endangerment after his 6-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his 3-year-old brother, and the father told investigators that he got the gun illegally from a gang member.

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Michael Santiago, 25, faces felony charges for the death of his 3-year-old son.
CBS Chicago

The shooting occurred Saturday night. Guglielmi says the older boy and his younger brother wanted to play "cops and robbers" when one of them retrieved the loaded handgun from atop the refrigerator. The older boy shot his younger brother in the face.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says their father Michael Santiago told investigators that he was a former gang member and felt he needed the gun to protect his family.

CBS Chicago reports the 3-year-old was taken to a local hospital and then to Mount Sinai where he was pronounced dead.

Santiago is scheduled to appear in bond court on Sunday and Guglielmi says police are trying to trace the gun.