14/08/2014 16:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Boy, 4, Kills Sister, 6, With Granddad's Gun

Boy, 4, kills six-year-old sister with granddad's gun

America was reeling from yet another gun tragedy involving young children today after a six-year-old girl died after being shot in the face by her little brother, aged four.

The incident happened at their home in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on Sunday.

According to reports, the little boy picked up his grandfather's gun after he had finished cleaning it.

The grandfather thought his .38 calibre gun was not loaded and walked away from it for a moment. The boy then picked it up and pointed it at his sister and it went off.

It shot her in the mouth and lodged in her spine. The girl was rushed to a children's hospital but died later that night.

Chief Guy Howie with the Hopkinsville Police Department told News Channel 5: "He was going to clean the gun, set the gun down, left the area for just a second and heard the shot."

Neighbour Rochelle Mendoza said: "People have to be careful. If they're going to have a weapon they have to be responsible, and it's unfortunate that it takes tragedy for people to come to the realisation they have to be responsible."

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