A 5-year-old boy fatally shot his 2-year-old sister after firing a rifle he had gotten as a gift, Ky. state officials said.
Caroline S. was in her home in Burkesville, Ky., when her brother fired the rifle he had been given as a birthday present. The incident happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times said.
CNN reported the shooting, which took Caroline's life, has been ruled an accident, Kentucky State Police Trooper, Billy Gregory, said. Young children in the area are introduced to guns at an early age, he said.
The children's mother has just stepped outside he house for a moment. Caroline was pronounced dead at Cumberland County Hospital, the Los Angeles Times said.
Caroline's death comes after two other incidents involving young children shooting others. In early April, a 4-year-old Tennessee boy fatally shot a 48-year-old woman, and a few days later 6-year-old Brandon Hold as killed in New Jersey after his 4-year-old playmate shot him in the head, CNN said.
The rifle used was a Crickett, a company whose slogan is, "My First Rifle." It is a .22-caliber rifle, and one shot was enough to kill a 2-year-old girl. It is a single-shot rifle and it has a child safety, CNN said.
In Kentucky, it is legal to give a child a rife as a gift, Cumberland County Coroner Gary L. White said. It is not unusual for children to have rifles, he said.
**Cannot find if the last name of this family is STARKS or SPARKS, because it is used differently from article to article. I used Caroline S., to avoid confusion.