4-Year-Old Kills 4-Year-Old in Detroit

'Long gun' was loaded, under bed
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2014 7:40 AM CST
File photo is the skyline of the city of Detroit.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – A neighbor asks the obvious question: "I was wondering why two 4-year-olds have access to a gun in the first place." That after tragedy struck in Detroit late yesterday afternoon, when a 4-year-old girl shot her 4-year-old male cousin, killing him. Police are calling it a "tragic, tragic accident," but an avoidable one, per the Free Press. A police rep says the two were playing in a bedroom, and the girl found a "long gun" under the bed; it was both loaded and not locked in a case.

The girl pointed it at her cousin and shot him in the chest; a five-year-old cousin was also in the room at the time, reports WXYZ. No word yet whether charges will be filed. There was an adult in the house, but reports conflict as to the person's identity; the Free Press says it was their grandfather, but CNN reports it was a family friend. (Read more shooting stories.)

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