3-year-old girl fatally shoots her 4-year-old sister, Texas police say

A 3-year-old girl fatally wounded her 4-year-old sister in an accidental shooting in Texas, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

“This basically involves a 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl,” González explained. “The 3-year-old girl is the alleged perpetrator of the shots. It appears that it was accidental.”

Calling the incident “tragic” but “preventable,” the sheriff said a group of family and friends — five adults and the two girls — were hanging out inside a Houston apartment on Sunday. At one point, the girls were left unsupervised in a room because the parents thought the other was watching them, he said.

The 3-year-old girl took a loaded semi-automatic handgun, Gonzalez explained. The family heard a shot and ran into the bedroom, where they found the 4-year-old unconscious on the floor.

“It seems like another tragic story of another child having access to a firearm and doing harm to another person,” Gonzalez said.

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