A four-year-old girl was fatally shot by her two-year-brother at a gas station after he found a gun in the car while her dad paid for fuel.
The children, who were not identified by police, were inside a car at the Eagle Save Mart in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 11am on Tuesday when the two-year-old found the gun.
While handling the legally-owned weapon, he accidentally shot his sister.
The children’s father and another guardian were reportedly inside the store paying at the time of the shooting. The father reportedly ran outside when he heard the gunshot and rushed his little girl to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
A gas station worker, Theodore Crumpler, who is a friend of the father, said ‘Moon’ and his children frequently come to the gas station.
‘He went in the store. Usually, he has someone pumping gas, which would be me or somebody else and I would watch the kids,’ Crumpler told NBC Philadelphia. ‘But I wasn’t here today. I’m so hurt that I wasn’t here.’
A four-year-old girl was fatally shot by her brother, two, at Eagle Save Mart (pictured) on Tuesday around 11am. The father’s friend, who works on the gas station and was not on shift on Tuesday, said it wouldn’t have happened if he was there, because he usually watches the kids while he pumps gas
Their guardians were inside the mart’s shop while the unidentified children were left unattended in the vehicle. It is unclear how the little boy access the gun, but the police said the gun was legally registered
Police said the gun was legally owned, but they are still trying to figure out how the boy came in possession of it.
‘Who actually pulled the trigger and why was the gun available? Those are questions that still need to be answered,’ Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said at a press conference.
No charges have been pressed at the moment and the Chester City Police are still investigating ABC 6 reported.
Chester residents are calling for a change, as crime rates are rising.
‘Please come together, stop this s**t,’ Crumpler said. ‘Stop the nonsense, man.’
Fellow Chester resident Carlton Gordy told NBC Philadelphia: ‘We just had an article yesterday, they said the crime rate is decreasing, and since that time, we’ve had two unfortunate accidents.’
Gordy, who lost his own so child to gun violence 16 years ago on Thanksgiving Day is calling to ‘look at city government’ to give the area’s children ‘something to do.’
‘There ain’t nothing for those kids to do. Very little,’ he said. ‘You think about your loss and what you could have done differently. Split-second and your whole life could change.
Stollesteimer also said the City of Chester was ‘heartbroken’ and called the shooting ‘absolutely tragic.’
More than 400 children have died by a gun violence this year and almost 1,000 have been injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
In neighboring New York, a 12-year-old boy was recently shot and killed while sitting in a car with his cousin, 20, and another eight-year-old relative in Brooklyn.
The girl’s guardians rushed her to Crozer-Chester Medical Center (pictured) immediately after hearing the gunshots go off at the gas station
She was pronounced dead at the hospital (pictured)
Kade Lewin, 12, was shot in the head and chest with multiple bullets after he and two relatives pulled over to eat their Boston Market on East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene after the shooter fired 11 bullets into the Toyota Corolla.
His cousin Jenna Ellis, 20, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, was hit in the upper leg and right cheek. She was rushed to Kings County Hospital where she is expected to survive, but remains in critical condition. She had recently gotten her license and was driving Lewin’s mother’s car. Lewin and Ellis were reportedly very close and saw each other frequently.
A younger female relative, eight, was sitting in the back seat and was uninjured. She said she was eating and looking at her phone when the violence begun.
The police called Lewin’s killing ‘senseless,’ and said the boy and his ‘church-going’ family were not the intended targets of the shooting.
‘Once again I’m standing here before you to brief you on another senseless shooting, this time a shooting involving the death of a 12-year-old child,’ NYPD Assistant Chief Mike Kemper, commanding officer of Brooklyn South, said during a Thursday night press conference from the scene.
Investigators believe the family was not targeted. A source told the New York Daily News that the gunman was targeting someone who drives a similar make and model car.
Immediately after the shooting, two black sedans were reported to have fled the scene at high speeds.
His death is still being investigated.