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5-Year-Old Girl Shoots Herself With Father's Gun, Dies

| by Michael Howard
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A 5-year-old Louisiana girl accidentally shot and killed herself while handling her father's gun.

Haley Moore was spending the weekend at her father's house with her two older siblings when the incident occurred May 21. Police say the bullet went through the girl's chest and came out under her left arm, according to WDSU. She died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

"The father said he was taking a shower when he heard a gunshot. He got out of the shower and that's when he discovered that his daughter had accidentally shot herself," Lt. Greg Baker said.

Haley's father, Eric, a disabled military veteran, reportedly told deputies that he had neglected to lock up the weapon.

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Neighbor Joy Ursin said her husband was mowing the lawn when he saw Haley's siblings run out of the house.

She took them inside her house while EMTs performed CPR on Haley.

"The oldest kid, she repeatedly said, 'My sister shot herself. My sister shot herself. I don't know if she's going to be OK,'" Ursin told WDSU.

Speaking to Times-Picayune, Ursin said Haley's father, who is separated from Haley's mother, was usually careful about securing his firearms.

"All I can say is it's an unfortunate thing because Eric is a disabled military veteran and one thing is he has his guns, but he's not ignorant to the fact of the danger, especially when his kids are around," she said.

"He would always stress how he had to secure [the guns], what he had to go through when the kids came," she added. "He made sure of that because he would get his kids every other weekend."

Eric was going to take the kids out for a movie after his shower, Ursin told the Times-Picayune.

"They had a full schedule planned. He was gonna take them to see 'Angry Birds' and they were all excited about that. And then this tragedy," she said.

Lt. Baker stressed the importance of securing and unloading firearms around children.

"Safety, everything is safety," he told WDSU. "If you're the owner of a weapon, buy a safe box, a gun safe. That's the way it is. Teach your kids. Teach your family about it."

Sources: Times-Picayune, WDSU / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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