South African Police have revealed that an 11-year-old boy accidentally shot his two year-old sister while playing with his father’s gun. It is believed that on seeing what he had done, he decided to pull the trigger on himself.
While his sister later died in the hospital, the boy died on the spot. Speaking about the incident which took place on Saturday, February 4 in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, police said the gun was believed to have been licensed to the boy’s father. They urged all licensed firearm owners to ensure that they do not violate the Firearms Control Act by failing to safeguard their firearms.
The South African Police Service released a statement on their Facebook page saying: “KwaZulu-Natal: Siblings die after playing with firearm.
“Empangeni police are investigating a case of murder and an inquest.
“It is alleged that on 3 February 2018 at 23:50, a 11-year-old boy was playing with his father’s licensed firearm when a shot went off and struck his two-year-old sister.
“The victim was taken to hospital for medical attention where she later died.
“The brother allegedly turned the gun on himself after seeing what had happened to his sister.
“We urge all licensed firearm owners to ensure that they do not violate the Firearms Control Act by failing to safeguard their firearms because it amounts to criminal act.
“Contravening the act may lead to unnecessary deaths and violators may face harsh prosecutions.”