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Kiwi boy, 5, shot dead by cousin, 8

Monday 29 Oct 2012 7:08 a.m.

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An eight-year-old Samoan boy is in police custody after his five-year-old cousin, who was visiting from New Zealand with his mother, was fatally shot.

The two boys had been out with their uncle shooting pigeons and collecting coconuts when the incident happened on Wednesday night (local time) near the village of Samamea on the island of Upolu.

The father of the older boy Pita Leausa told the Samoa Observer a loaded gun had been left under a tree and the boys were fighting over it when the younger of the pair was shot in the face.

"My brother turned away for less than a minute then the next minute he heard a gunshot," Mr Leausa said.

The eight-year-old boy has been in police custody since the incident.

His uncle who owns the gun has also been questioned by police.

The Samoa Observer reported the boy could be charged with murder.

The dead boy, who has not been named, was visiting for White Sunday, a Samoan holiday celebrating children.

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