Five-year-old Ky. boy accidentally kills sister with rifle

A 2-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle he received as a birthday gift, Kentucky authorities said on Wednesday.

The shooting occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Burkesville, Kentucky, a community in the south-central part of the state, when the boy was playing with the .22-caliber rifle and accidentally shot his sister in the chest, state police said.

The boy had received the Crickett "youth model" gun for his birthday in November, Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. White said these guns have child safety locks, but "evidently when the gun was put up, there was a live round in it."

He said no one realized the gun, which was kept in a corner, was loaded until the fatal gunshot.

White said the children's mother was home cleaning house at the time of the shooting.

"She had just come out of the kitchen and went to the porch to throw out some grease from the skillet," White said.

Kentucky State Trooper Billy Gregory said police were investigating and it was "a little early" to talk about possible charges in connection with the shooting.

White called the shooting "a tragic accident."

"I've been the county coroner for 15 years and I think this is the first time I've had a case like this," White said. "I'm hoping that parents will realize that if you have kids, you need to put the guns out of harm's way."


erikawhoo 2 years, 5 months ago

What is a 5 year old doing with a rifle to begin with? Who gives a 5 year old a real gun, for their Birthday, Christmas or whatever? Sounds like another case for family and children services to be investigating!!


Coolray 2 years, 5 months ago

But he's entitled to his second amendment rights and his NRA card. smh!


FordGalaxy 2 years, 5 months ago

I was shooting at the age of five. I was never "given" a gun, like this case, but I was taught how to shoot, I was supervised while shooting, and at all other times the guns remained in my Dad's locked gun-cabinet (the key to which remained on his key-chain).

All I'm saying is that it is not out of the ordinary for someone so young to be shooting. We never kept a loaded gun in the house. We never left guns in the corner. This sounds like yet another case of someone not being educated enough about firearms. I hate that the child died. That's a tragedy to be sure. But it could've been avoided if the gun owners had been a little more educated about storing their guns.


kevin 2 years, 5 months ago

The kid's parents should be tried for this. They had the responsibility to teach the kid how and when to use it. The child couldn't read the instruction manual. Too bad he didn't hit his father and mother when playing with this gun. What idiots!


RiggaTony 2 years, 5 months ago

If the 2 year old had been armed, she would have been able to defend herself. Why didn't she have access to a firearm? Probably because of Obama.


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