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6-Year-Old Miami Girl Shot By 13-Year-Old Brother is in Critical Condition

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 6-year-old girl in Miami who was shot by her 13-year-old brother on Saturday night was in critical but stable condition late Sunday. This is the fourth shooting of a girl by her brother in one week.

The two children were home alone when the boy shot his sister with a handgun in their Oakland Park home, north of Fort Lauderdale, according to spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office Dani Moschella.

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The girl was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

A neighbor said the siblings were playing a game when the shooting occurred.

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"They were playing hide and go seek," said neighbor Peter Milano. "I don't know how it went down, but he shot his sister."

Neighbors said the 13-year-old drew pictures describing what had happened for investigators.

"The kid's probably, well, how could you feel, you just shot your sister," Milano said.

Police said the shooting appeared to be an accident, but they are still trying to learn how the brother gained access to the handgun. The Child Protective Investigative Section was present at the scene. No charges have been filed.

"It is very difficult when dealing with children, specifically children who've been through a very traumatic situation," Moschella said. "This family will never be the same after tonight, no matter how it ends up."

The shooting is the fourth incident in one week in which a girl was shot by her brother; two proved to be fatal. An 8-year-old boy in Mountain Village, Ala., killed his 5-year-old sister with a rifle on Monday. A 5-year-old boy in Cumberland County, Ky., fatally shot his 2-year-old sister on Tuesday with a youth rifle that was given to him as a gift. A 9-year-old girl in Auburn, Wash., was shot in the leg by her brother on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery. All four shootings are considered to be accidental.

Sources: NBC Miami, Miami Herald