Chicago: A five-year-old boy playing with a rifle given to him as a gift accidentally shot dead his younger sister, officials said Wednesday, thrusting the issue of US gun violence back into the spotlight.
The boy’s two-year-old sister was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital following the shooting on Tuesday in rural Kentucky, police said.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White identified the girl as Caroline Starks and said the children’s mother was cleaning the house at the time and had stepped outside onto the porch.
“She said no more than three minutes had went by and she actually heard the rifle go off. She ran back in and found the little girl,” White said.