FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- Authorities are investigating the death or a four-year-old child over the weekend after an apparent accidental shooting. Now the small community of Sash is coming together to rally around the family, and others are using this tragedy as a lesson in prevention.
Residents of sash say he was a bouncing bubble of joy. Now they mourn the loss of the energetic boy they knew and loved.
Balloons line the road to Dusty Scott's house on County Road 2418. The-four-year-old was killed in what authorities describe as an accident.
Authorities say a .22-caliber rifle went off in the hands of Scott’s 10-year-old step-brother. The bullet struck the child in forehead.
Now, the tight-knit community of sash mourns along with Dusty’s family.
"I believe it will bring the community together, but it will be hard for them to get over it," says local resident Don Belk.
Police say the older brother ran to a neighbor's house for help. Their parents were not home at the time
The weekend tragedy has others in the community taking their own gun safety into account.
"It makes me want to go home and lock up my guns so me and my wife are the only ones with the key," added Belk.
Bonham police Chief Mike Bankston says he seen accidents like this very one happen in the past and he hopes others will learn from the loss of dusty.
"I encourage people to put their guns in a secure place and to use gun locks."
Now all the residents of this small Fannin County community are feeling the loss, too.
Sash is located in the northeast part of Fannin County near Lake Crockett.