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Girl, 4, fatally shoots boy, 4, at Detroit home, police say

DETROIT — A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot her 4-year-old cousin to death with a loaded rifle that she found under a bed at their grandfather's home, police said Friday.

The girl was playing and watching TV on Thursday afternoon with the 4-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister when she found the gun, police Sgt. Michael Woody said. He said she picked up the weapon, pointed it at the boy and shot him once in the chest.

The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Woody said. A family friend was the only adult at the home at the time, Woody said, and it wasn't known who owns the gun.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office will determine whether charges should be brought, he said.

"It's a tragic incident," Woody told the Associated Press. "It's really not anything more than that. There was no malicious intent. There was nothing there to suggest that the grandfather put those children in harm's way, but the investigation will continue."

Girl, 4, fatally shoots boy, 4, at Detroit home, police say 01/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 10:59pm]
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