6-year-old Monroe County girl accidentally killed by gun

A 6-year-old girl died Tuesday morning after her 13-year-old brother accidentally shot her, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Alison Selman-Willis, spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said the boy had been outside shooting at armadillos in the family’s backyard when his father called him inside for bed, just after midnight.

The boy thought he had cleared his weapon, but accidentally discharged a single shot from the .22-caliber rifle inside their home, which struck the girl in the wrist and abdomen.

The girl was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where she later died. Her body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.

The rifle belonged to the boy’s father, Selman-Willis said.

She said the sheriff’s office isn’t releasing the names of the family members, since it was a minor who was involved and no charges are expected to be filed.

“It’s just a tragic, terrible accident,” she said. “We don’t feel that there will be any charges to be filed.”

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