Toddler Shoots, Kills 11-Year-Old Sister In Tragic Handgun Accident
An 11-year-old girl was shot and killed by her two-year-old brother in Philadelphia on Saturday. Police report that the children were playing with a loaded .357 caliber handgun when the toddler accidentally shot his sister.
The victim is identified as Jamara Stevens. Stevens and her three other siblings -- ages 14, seven, and two -- were all handling the gun prior to the shooting. Police say the 14-year-old grabbed the gun from on top of the refrigerator while the mother of the children, Tiffany Goldwire, was in the bathroom.
The bullet struck Stevens in the arm and penetrated her chest and heart. She died minutes after being shot.
Goldwire and her children were taken to the police station and questioned extensively following her death. Investigators determined the two-year-old shot Stevens after finding gunshot residue and a burn on his arm.
Goldwire is reportedly refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Police do not know who the owner of the gun is, though they confirm the firearm was left at the home that morning by Goldwire’s boyfriend.
No charges have been filed as of Saturday.
According to a Yale School of Medicine study, roughly 10,000 American children are killed or injured by guns every year.