IRONDALE, Ala. – According to our newspartners at The Huntsville Times/AL.com, a 9 -year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by her 3-year-old brother Saturday afternoon in Irondale.
Chief Ken Atkinson of the Irondale Police Department stated that the girl received a life threatening injury to the head and later died at Children’s of Alabama Hospital.
Authorities say that the children were visiting their grandparents that afternoon. The shooting occurred around 2:10 p.m. in the grandparent’s bedroom after the 3-year-old boy found a loaded gun on a nightstand.
“It appears to be a tragic accident.” said Atkinson, but the shooting remains under investigation.
“The lesson is you have to make sure those weapons are put up, out of sight and out of reach, really of anyone, but especially children,” Atkinson said. “It is tragic because this 3-year-old has no idea what is going on right now. It is just a horrible situation.”