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Girl, 3, kills sister, 4, in accidental shooting at Texas home, sheriff says


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HOUSTON — A 3-year-old girl found a loaded gun in a Texas home and accidentally shot her sister, killing the 4-year-old on Sunday, an official said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the girls were in the bedroom of an apartment on Bammel North Houston Road, where they lived with their parents, around 8 p.m.

Five adults, who were all family members or family friends, were in other parts of the apartment and the girls unintentionally were left unsupervised, according to the sheriff.

“It appears that one parent thought the other parent was maybe watching the other children when, in fact, the two toddlers were left unsupervised inside the bedroom,” Gonzalez said.

“The 3-year-old gained access to a loaded, semi-automatic pistol. Family members heard a single gunshot. They ran into the room and found the small toddler, 4 years old, unresponsive,” he added.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to a 911 call by the family, Gonzalez told reporters outside the home.

“It just seems like another tragic story of, again, a child gaining access to a firearm and hurting someone else and this time there was a fatal shot,” Gonzalez said…. (Read more)

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