MAYLENE, Ala. (AP) — A 6-year-old Alabama child has died after a 3-year-old sibling found an unsecured gun and shot the older child.
The shooting happened Monday in Maylene, south of Birmingham. Local news outlets report that it happened at the home a of a Helena police officer who wasn’t home at the time.
The 6-year-old who was shot was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Police tell WBRC-TV the gun was not a department-issued weapon but a personal firearm belonging to the officer.
“This was a truly tragic morning for Shelby County. Our agency grieves with the family of this child,” Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said in a statement.