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yes, we need more stories like this...
Boy, seven, pieces together his parents' dismantled gun and shoots his eight-year-old sister
- Youngster opened lock box where gun was stored at grandparents' house
- Boy was playing with the gun in bedroom when he inadvertently fired shot
accidentally shot his sister in the arm after playing with a gun kept in a lock box
A seven-year-old boy accidentally
shot his eight-year-old sister in the arm after he managed to open a
lock box and put together a dismantled gun.
say the youngster inadvertently fired at his sister while playing with
the weapon at home in the West Oak Lane area of Philadelphia at around
10.40am on Thursday.
The gun was stored in a lock
box at the home of the children's grandparents, but the boy managed to
get hold of the keys, open it up and put it together.
The two children were in the little
girl's bedroom on the first floor of the property when the boy began
playing with the gun, triggering it to fire a shot into the girl's arm.
On hearing the shot the girl's grandparents came to her assistance, put the gun away and took her to the hospital emergency ward at Einstein Medical Centre with non-life-threatening injuries.
She has since been transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, but medical staff say she remains in a stable condition.
The boy, who cannot been identified, was later seen being led into the police station.
According to abc Lt. George McClay of the Philadelphia Police said: 'The kid is very shook up. He's not happy with what he did and he knows he did something wrong.'
Friends and neighbors say this is a tight-knit family and their thoughts are with them at this time.
a wonderful family. Really, they're just a close-knit family and I know
this was an accident," said family friend Beverly Jackson.
The shocking incident happened in the top
bedroom of this house on Georgian Road in Philadelphia where the
youngsters live with their grandparents
While precautions were taken, police say there are better ways to secure your weapons from curious children.
'You have digital safes, things like that. You make sure kids don't know the combination. That's the best way to do it.'
The gun was registered, police say, and while the investigation continues it does not appear any charges will be filed.