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Girl, 4, fatally shoots boy, 4, while playing

17 January 2014, 18:56

Detroit - A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her 4-year-old cousin with a rifle she found under a bed at a relative's US home, police said on Friday.

The girl was playing and watching TV on Thursday with the boy when she found the gun, Detroit police spokesperson Michael Woody said. He said she 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 man who lives at the home was the only adult there at the time and is believed to a grandfather, Woody said.

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

"It's a tragic incident," Woody told AP. "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."

The boy's name wasn't immediately released.

Woody said the shooting reinforces the need for those with guns to keep them secure.

"This is a very senseless... incident that could have been avoided," he said.

- AP

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