A 13-year-old Mississippi girl was shot dead by her younger brother over the weekend after an argument, the local sheriff said.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said that the argument was over a video game.
The 9-year-old wanted a video game controller and his older sister would not give it to him.
That’s when the child grabbed a gun and shot her in the back of the head, reported The Clarion-Ledger.
The gun used was a .25 caliber handgun.
The shooting took place around 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.
The girl was rushed to Le Bonheur’s Children’s hospital but she was pronounced dead on Sunday at 6:45 p.m.
A 13-year-old girl has died after authorities say she was shot Saturday by her 9-year-old brother because he wanted a video game controller back, according to reports. https://t.co/M3Iu8DN6mJ
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Authorities said the children’s mother was in another room feeding lunch to other children when the shooting happened, reported WTVA.
They don’t know how the child was able to gain access to the gun and don’t know if the 9-year-old was aware of the consequences of firing a gun at his sister.
“He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV,” Cantrell said. “I don’t know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy.”
Cantrell said the investigation would be thorough.
“This is all new ground for us, we’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9,” Cantrell said. “We don’t know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly. That’s why I’m not too fast to say anything because there are juveniles involved. We want to do what’s right and we’re going to get it right.”
It’s not clear if the boy was taken into custody.
The girl was later identified as Dijonae White. She went to school at Tupelo Middle School.
The sheriff made a call out to the public to send thoughts and prayers to the child and his family.