Louisiana: girl aged five shoots and kills herself with handgun at home

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Girls father told investigators his daughter was playing with the gun when she shot herself

Authorities say a five-year-old girl shot and killed herself with a handgun at a Louisiana home.

The Saint John the Baptist parish sheriffs office said in a statement the girls father told investigators his daughter was playing with the gun when she shot herself inside a LaPlace home on Saturday morning.

Paramedics took the girl to a hospital, where she later died.
Detectives said the gun had not been securely stored in the home before the shooting occurred, about 9.45am.

The sheriffs office said the shooting remained under investigation and additional information would be released when warranted.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/louisiana-girl-aged-five-shoots-and-kills-herself-with-handgun-at-home