The boy, records indicate, shot at his brother from close range with a .38 caliber pistol.
Police said the youngster tried to shoot the brother between the eyes, missing when he jerked the gun up.
And he allegedly told officers he was only sorry that he missed.
He was initially charged as an adult. Other charges included attempted escape and attempted criminal damage to property.
Returned here from a juvenile detention facility, he went to a juvenile hearing in City Court where Judge Lynette Feucht ruled the case would be a juvenile matter.
The shooting, police indicate, climaxed an evening of conflict between the brothers, conflict that began at Southeast Center.
The younger was playing basketball when approached by a group of males threatening him over a slight of some sort.
The older brother apparently took their side in the confrontation, which ended when they left and went to a Fruge street house.
There, the brothers continued arguing. When the older one, no stranger himself to the police blotter, shoved the younger, he pulled a pistol and took his mis-aimed shot.
The 16-year-old was arrested at 2:24 a.m. on May 14 and the weapon recovered.