12-year-old accidentally shoots, kills 4-year-old sibling in Louisiana, deputies say

BATON ROUGE, La. — A 12-year-old accidentally shot and killed a 4-year-old sibling in a Louisiana home, authorities said.

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According to WBRZ and WAFB, the incident occurred about 8:15 p.m. Monday on Glenetta Court in Baton Rouge. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said the older child accidentally discharged a gun, striking a younger sibling. The victim later died at a nearby hospital, authorities said.

Deputies said the 12-year-old is facing a negligent homicide charge and was taken to the juvenile detention center, the news outlets reported.

“This is a terrible tragedy and a devastating loss for our community,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, according to WBRZ. “We are reminding residents to please secure your firearms to keep our children and loved ones safe.”

No further information, including the victim’s name, was immediately available.

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