US police said a three-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her four-year-old sister with a semi-automatic pistol in Texas on Sunday.
The three-year-old escaped the control of adults, even though they were in the house right Fridayincluding her parents, and somehow got hold of a loaded semi-automatic handgun.
“Family members heard the shot, ran into the room and found a four-year-old girl unresponsive on the floor,” the county sheriff told reporters Harris Ed Gonzalez. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This appears to be another tragic story where a child had access to a firearm and shot someone else,” added the sheriff, who insisted it was not an intentional shooting.
There are more guns than people in the US – about 400 million. One in three US adults owns at least one firearm, and nearly one in two adults lives in a home with a firearm. There are fewer such cases in cities, slightly more in rural areas.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were more than 44,000 gun-related deaths in the United States last year. Of these, half are suicides, and the other half are murders, accidents or cases of self-defense. Children are often killed either intentionally or unintentionally.
Texas, which carries out the death penalty most often and has the strictest anti-abortion laws, is one of the states with the easiest access to guns.