9-year-old girl fatally shot by 3-year-old brother

IRONDALE, Ala. (AP) — Police say a 3-year-old Alabama boy has accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old sister.

Irondale police Chief Ken Atkinson tells AL.com  that the shooting took place Saturday afternoon at their grandparents’ house in a Birmingham suburb.

He says the boy found a loaded pistol on a bedroom nightstand and shot his sister in the head with it.

Atkinson says the incident seems to be a “tragic accident” but an investigation is underway. Detectives were interviewing other relatives in the home at the time of the shooting.

The girl was flown with life-threatening injuries to Children’s of Alabama, where she later died, AL.com reports.

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