Boy, 8, accidentally shoots and kills his little sister: police

Posted at 9:45 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 11:16:08-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An 8-year-old boy accidentally fatally shot his little sister Sunday afternoon, police said.

The boy was home alone, along with his 5-year-old sister and 4-year-old neighbor, in a Jacksonville apartment, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Chris Butler said. Their mother was out shopping.

The boy found a handgun and fired it once in the early afternoon, Chief Butler said. The single shot killed his sister and injured his neighbor.

“This is a tragic, unfortunate, accidental shooting that we have here,” Chief Butler said.

The 4-year-old was treated at the hospital for his injuries, Chief Butler said. He is expected to survive.

It is not yet clear how long the mother left the apartment for, police said. Officers do not know where the boy got the gun.

The children’s grandmother told CNN the family needs prayers, not judgment.

“It’s a bad situation just all the way around,” Marie Peterson said.

It is unclear if any charges will be filed for leaving a gun accessible to the children, Butler said.

Police have not released the children’s names.