4-year-old accidentally shot herself with the gun at hom

Posted on April 15, 2009. Filed under: accident, Alabama |

Birmingham, Alabama – A 4-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in the head this afternoon has died, Birmingham police said.

The girl, whose name hasn’t been released, reportedly found the handgun under a couch cushion in her home and shot herself point-blank in the forehead.

Witnesses reported the girl’s mother emerged from the family’s apartment in the Harris Homes housing community at 690 Brussels Circle about 1:45 p.m., cradling the girl in her arms and covered with blood.

Several women outside led the mother and wounded child back into the apartment to wait for rescue workers.

“It’s just a tragic accident,” said East Precinct Lt. Mike Ashworth. More on Birmingham News

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