Teen Shoots 6-Year-Old Sister; Girl in Critical But Stable Condition

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A six-year-old Florida girl is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital after being accidentally shot by her teen brother Saturday evening, officials said.

The teen shooting his sister happened about 7 p.m. Saturday inside the siblings' home in Oakland Park, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The shooter, whose name has not been released, is only 13.

"The siblings had been home alone when the teen found the handgun," sheriff's office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Monday in a press release.

Luckily, it looks like she will survive. After being shot, the girl was taken to Broward Health Medical Center; she was listed in critical but stable condition.

It was not reported where she sustained a gunshot wound.

Moschella said the shooting seemed to be accidental (one would certainly hope and pray that's the case), but police are still investigating the matter.

Neighbor Justin Latourrette recalls noticing the two young children next door were out in the driveway washing a family car that day - with no one else.

"I thought it was strange," said Latourrette. "They didn't seem to have any supervision."

What happened about an hour later was even stranger: "A loud boom," he said.

"Her shirt was bloody, and you could see through a piece of gauze that she had a hole in her chest above the heart," said Latourrette, who witnessed the aftermath.

"Her eyes were wide open in a blank stare, like she was in shock."

"I'll never forget that look."

Unfortunately, events like this are becoming all the more common.

An estimated one-third of all households with children under age 18 have a gun, and more than 40 percent of gun-owning households with children store their guns unlocked.

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