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5-year-old killed after unsupervised children played with gun they found, SC cops say

A 5-year-old girl was shot and killed, according to the North Charleston Police Department.
A 5-year-old girl was shot and killed, according to the North Charleston Police Department. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A 5-year-old girl died after she was shot in a South Carolina home Monday, the North Charleston Police Department said.

Police called the deadly incident an “accidental shooting,” WCBD reported.

Officers responded to a shots fired call just after 3:30 p.m., according to WCSC. Up to four unsupervised children were inside the home when the shooting occurred, per the TV station.

Police said the kids were playing with a gun they found, WCIV reported.

After she was shot, the little girl was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to WCBD.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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