Girl Killed by 5-Year-Old Looking for His Toy Gun
Fatal shooting occurred at South Carolina birthday party
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2014 11:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina Saturday night after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun while looking for his own "gun"—a toy, authorities say. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the boy's mother gave him permission to retrieve a toy gun out of a car's trunk at a home in Gaston; except a real gun was also in the trunk, and he picked it up by mistake. "When he was fooling around trying to get his toy gun out, he accidentally pulled the trigger of the real gun while it was in the trunk," Metts tells WLTX.

Deputies say the bullet went through the car, and fragments hit Juliet Lynch in the chest. She died a short time later; another 5-year-old was hit with fragments in the arm. Metts says the real gun belonged to the boyfriend of the boy's mother and she did not know it was in the trunk. The sheriff says charges could be filed in the shooting.

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Apr 16, 2014 11:49 AM CDT
Irresponsible gun ownership seems to be a reoccurring thing these days. Time for more Gun Control & Regulation.
Apr 16, 2014 3:08 AM CDT
There should be very serious penalties for adults who leave loaded or unsecured guns that are then used by others to injure or kill. These incidents should not be written off as accidents. Careless or indifferent gun owners whose unsecured weapons are used to kill should be charged with involuntary manslaughter and serve prison time. No getting off with a fine or community service. Hopefully, if some people have to go to prison, the majority of the irresponsible gun owners will realized that they might be hurting themselves by not securing their guns and follow safety procedures to save their own skin.
Apr 16, 2014 12:43 AM CDT
hey make toys guns looks real, must be tough for a police office, soldier to make the call.