DATELINE: JONES COUNTY, Miss. The children were in the back seat of the vehicle while the mother went back inside for something. The 4-year-old boy who got the semiautomatic handgun from a compartment in the vehicle is able to get out of his carseat unassisted, Sgt. J.D. Carter of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department said.
“It’s just a very sad situation,” Carter said. “You turn your head for a split-second and life can change forever. You have to be cautious with your firearms. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
“We’re doing everything we’d do in any shooting-death investigation,” Carter said, “but the preliminary investigation shows that it was an accidental shooting by the other child.”
WDAM7 is reporting that the boy and girl, were brother and sister.