4-year-old girl shoots and kills 4-year-old cousin


A 4-year-old boy was shot and killed by his 4-year-old female cousin while they were playing with a gun, Detroit police said.

The shooting happened Thursday in a home on the city's west side.

There were three children -- all cousins -- at the home at the time of the incident, said Detroit Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson. The third child was 5, he said.

Detroit Police Public Information Officer Adam Madera said the children found a "long gun" under a bed, pulled it out and began to play with it.

"At this time, although it's early in the investigation, this appears to be a tragic accident," Madera said.

There was an adult present in the house, but that person was a family friend and unrelated to the children, Johnson said.

"It's too early to say if charges will be filed in this case," Johnson said.


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