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article image5-year-old U.S. boy accidently shoots sister dead with his .22

By Marcus Hondro     May 2, 2013 in World
The mother of two small Kentucky children just stepped out of the house a moment, police said, but it was long enough for her 5-year-old boy to take a .22 caliber rifle he'd gotten for his birthday and shoot his 2-year-old sister.
The girl died.
"In this part of the country, it's not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid," State Trooper Bill Gregory told media. ."It's just one of those nightmares. A quick thing that happens when you turn your back."
The Crickett .22 caliber advertised as "My first rifle"
The CNN affiliate, WLEX, reported Wednesday that Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said that the parents had stored the rifle in what they considered a safe place. But on Tuesday the boy got the gun, which he received for his birthday last year, and was playing with it when it went off.
The rifle was a popular brand of .22 often given to children and is made by the Pennsylvania company, Keystone Sporting Arms; as CNN notes, on its website it says that the 'Crickett ' line of gun "features three .22-caliber rifle models for kids, with shoulder stock colors ranging from pink to red, white and blue swirls. "My first rifle" is the company's slogan." The website also boasts of having "quality firearms for America's youth."
The girl's grandmother believes the shooting "...was God's will" and said it was just her granddaughter's time to go. "I just know she's in heaven right now," Linda Riddle said. "And I know she's in good hands with the Lord."
It is not an isolated shooting as there are multiple cases of children shooting other children with guns each year in America. The white lilac pictured with this story is known as a symbol of the innocence of youth.
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