Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in Lexington County after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun.
Sheriff James Metts said the boy was trying to get a toy gun out of a trunk Saturday night at a home in Gaston when he picked up a real gun also in the trunk by mistake and fired it.
Deputies say the bullet went through the car, and fragments hit Juliet Lynch in the chest. She died a short time later.
Metts says the real gun belonged to the boyfriend of the boy's mother and she did not know it was in the trunk.
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The sheriff says deputies are still investigating and charges could be filed in the shooting.