Six-Year-Old Florida Girl Shot by Brother While Playing Hide-and-Seek
An innocent childhood game turned nearly fatal on Saturday after a 13-year-old boy shot his six-year-old sister during a game of hide-and-go-seek. The incident happened Saturday night around 7 p.m. at the family's home in Oakland Park.
"They were playing hide and go seek. I don't know how it went down but he shot his sister," neighbor Peter Milano told NBC Miami.
The children were apparently alone at the time of the shooting, and authorities are still trying to piece together exactly what happened. The children's names are being withheld.
The girl is listed in stable but critical condition yesterday at Broward Medical Center.
"She seems like a fighter," a BSO spokesman told The Herald.
The brother was cooperative with police and tried to explain what happened. It's unclear if any charges could be filed. The gun's owner however could also face charges. It's considered a felony in Florida to leave a loaded gun within reach of a child if that child then uses it to injure someone.
The incident comes just days after a five-year-old boy in Kentucky shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a "My First Rifle" in Kentucky. It's also the third time since November that a child in South Florida was accidentally shot while another child was playing with a gun.
13-year-old Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus died in November when a 15-year-old boy brought a pistol on his school bus and begin playing with it. In March, a four-year-old girl was shot by a six-year-old boy who found a gun in car in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Miami, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.