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A father is in custody after one of his sons shot his other son late Monday while playing with a firearm on Detroit's east side, according to police.

The man's 14-year-old son was in critical condition after getting shot around 7:30 p.m. on the 13700 block of Pfent near East State Fair and Schoenherr. His 10-year-old brother is believed to be the shooter.

"The brother of the victim reported that he and his brother were playing with their father's shot-gun in the upstairs rear bedroom, when he pulled the trigger by accident, striking his brother," police said in a preliminary report.

The firearm wasn't properly locked up, according to Police Capt. Eric Decker said.

The boys' 62-year-old grandfather and 61-year-old grandmother also were in the home at the time of the shooting, police said.

No further information was immediately available about the father or any pending charges, officer Nicole Kirkwood said. The incident remains under investigation.

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