Sad news from Memphis as reports come in that a 3-year old shot and killed his 1-year-old sister (Robin Keeffer) in Tennessee.
Mr Shawn Moore was charged with criminally negligent homicide after he had placed his younger sibling in a bed with a gun by his side.
Mr Moore, a convicted felon, was also charged with tampering with evidence in the death of Miss Robin Keeffer.
Robbin was shot Friday morning at a Memphis apartment complex. Neighbours claimed they could hear a gunshot and screams coming for the next apartment.
Police arrived quickly on the scene to try and get the child to the hospital. They even blocked several streets around Memphis in order to get there faster, but to no avail, as the child was pronounced dead upon arrival.
At first, Mr Moore had taken the gun and fled the scene, but he later turned himself in, spending a night in jail on Friday night. It was not immediately clear whether Mr Moore had an attorney.
Shooting incidents involving children, unfortunately, happen more often than we think. According to statistics, there are about 100 deaths in children under the age of 18 due to unintentional firearms usage per year. Furthermore, an additional 1,000 nonfatal gun and shooting accidents happen, resulting in some 400 children needing to be hospitalized for their injuries.
Therefore, in order to protect children from gun and shooting accidents, the typical gun safety advice includes that parents should keep their guns locked, unloaded and your ammunition locked in a separate area from your gun. Lastly, be sure to keep the keys and combinations to the locked areas hidden.