3-Year-Old Shot, Dies in Yellowstone

Family says child shot herself with handgun
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 12:44 AM CDT
Girl, 3, Shot Dead in Yellowstone
The girl was shot dead at a popular campsite in the park, officials say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Tragedy in Yellowstone National Park: A 3-year-old girl has died in the park's first fatal shooting in more than 30 years, officials say. The girl's mother has told investigators that the child shot herself with a handgun at a campground in the Wyoming section of the park Saturday, Reuters reports. Park rangers were unable to resuscitate the girl, whose identity is being withheld at the Idaho family's request.

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The campground has been cordoned off while rangers investigate. Park officials say the last shooting death recorded in the park was in 1978. "Given the 3 million visitors we see here every year, there thankfully are very few fatalities reported in the park," a park spokesman tells the AP, adding that the leading cause of death in Yellowstone is heart attacks. A law passed in 2010 allows visitors to carry guns into national parks, but hunting or even firing a gun is still illegal in Yellowstone. (Read more Yellowstone National Park stories.)

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