A nine-year-old boy has shot and killed his 13-year-old sister after an argument over a video game controller, according to authorities in Mississippi.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said the girl would not give up the video game controller when her brother wanted it on Saturday.
He said the boy, who retrieved a gun from his parents’ bedroom, shot the girl in the back of the head and that the bullet entered her brain.
The girl was taken to a Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was pronounced dead on Sunday.
Authorities said the children’s mother was preparing lunch in the kitchen at the time of the shooting, and that the gun had been kept in a nightstand next to the bed.
“The little boy – he managed to get a gun out of a nightstand there in the room there, and he just came over and shot her,” Sheriff Cantrell said.
“This is the first time I’ve ever dealt with any child that was shot like that. And I hope I never deal with it again.”
“I’ve been in law enforcement 30-some-odd years, and I’ve never dealt with anything quite like this.
The sheriff added that the circumstances of the shooting were still being investigated and no charges had been filed.