January 17

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

The girl found the loaded rifle under a bed at her grandfather’s house.

The Associated Press

DETROIT — Detroit police say a 4-year-old girl accidentally shot her 4-year-old cousin to death with a loaded rifle she found under a bed at their grandfather’s home on the city’s west side.

Sgt. Michael Woody tells The Associated Press 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. Woody says she picked it up, pointed it at the boy and shot him once in the chest.

Woody says the boy was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.

Woody says an adult family friend was at the home with the children at the time of the shooting. It wasn’t immediately known who owns the gun.

Police are investigating. A review by prosecutors is expected.

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