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article imagePhilly police say 2-year-old shot and killed 11-year-old sister

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 6, 2014 in Crime
In another tragedy many will insist shows the folly of America's gun laws, or lack thereof, an 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed - by her 2-year-old sibling. That's how Philadelphia police believe the girl died.
Philly police Lt. John Walker told media the fatal shooting took place at about 10 a.m. Saturday morning; the bullet, he said, traveled through the girl's shoulder and into her chest. An Associated Press story reported that the girl was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia but did not survive.
Police believe the gun was brought into the home on the very day of the shooting by a male friend of the mother. There were 4 children in the home at the time of the shooting, police say, and it is believed the mother left them unattended in the master bedroom, where the shooting took place.
Each year there are accidental shootings such as this all over the world, with the United States leading the way, and often children are the victim. Further, guns kill more than twice as many children in the U.S. as cancer. A group called New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) writes on its website that:
Guns in the home increase risk: Rather than being used for self-defense, guns in the home are 22 times more likely to be involved in accidental shootings, homicides, or suicide attempts. For every one time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were 4 unintentional shootings, 7 criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.
Lt. Walker was not yet able to say if charges would be filed in the Philadelphia tragedy but said an investigation is underway.
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