3-Year-Old Girl Kills 4-Year-Old Sister In Accidental Shooting

A tragic shooting in a Houston home has left a 4-year-old child dead.

CBS News reports that the incident occurred on Sunday at around 8 p.m. local time when a 3-year-old girl shot her 4-year-old sister.

Five adults, including both children’s parents, were present in the home, but somehow the girls were alone in the bedroom.

“It appears that one parent thought the other parent was maybe watching the other children, when in fact, the two toddlers were left basically unsupervised inside the bedroom,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a press conference.

While in the bedroom, the 3-year-old came upon a loaded semi-automatic pistol and fatally shot her sibling. The adults came running when they heard the gunshot and found the 4-year-old on the ground. The adults secured the gun and called 911. The 4-year-old passed away in the home.

3-year-old girl kills 4-year-old sister in accidental shooting
A 3-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her 4-year-old sister after getting hold of a loaded gun inside the family’s Texas home Sunday, police said. KTRK

Now, prosecutors will decide if any adults will be charged for the accidental shooting, with Gonzalez saying it’s “very likely.”

“It seems like another tragic story of a child getting access to a firearm and hurting someone else,” Gonzalez added, calling the incident “very preventable.” He continued, “Everyone’s impacted, a community’s impacted when a child loses their life in this way.”

3-year-old girl kills 4-year-old sister in accidental shooting
investigators said the adults believed that at least one of them was watching the girls, who were unsupervised in the apartment bedroom.

“You’ve got to be sure you’re being a responsible gun owner, securing your weapons in a safe place,” he said. “It’s got to be more than just telling young kids not to touch the weapons. You know, we’ve got to do a little more. We see far too many tragic situations like this unfold.”

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