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Coroner says autopsy underway on 2 brothers fatally shot in grandparents' southern Ohio home

Authorities were conducting an autopsy Thursday and trying to figure out how why brothers, ages 12 and 9, were shot to death in their southern Ohio home.

Jackson County coroner Dr. Gregory P. Hawker told The Associated Press on Thursday that he couldn't comment on what might have led to the shootings, but authorities say no one else was at home at the time.

There was no suspicion that anyone else was involved, but any shooting must be treated as a potential homicide until investigation rules that out, Hawker said. He said full investigation results might not be known for six weeks or more.

The boys were found Wednesday morning in a bedroom in their grandparents' Jackson home, where they lived. Hawker said a .44-caliber revolver was recovered.

"We believe we have the weapon," he said.

Hawker said Franklin County coroner was doing the autopsy, while the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation was doing ballistics tests.

Hawker said the grandparents had left the home to take care of some personal business but had talked to the boys by phone at about 10 a.m. It's believed the shootings happened at about 11 a.m.

The boys' names weren't released immediately. The Jackson city police chief and county sheriff didn't immediately return calls Thursday.

Jackson is a city of about 7,000 people in mostly rural Appalachian Ohio, about 65 miles south of Columbus.

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