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Child killed by Pellet Rifle

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Lincoln County - UPDATED 1/1/14 at 10:30 p.m. 

A Lincoln County family is mourning the loss of their six-year-old girl.  She died today after being shot by a pellet rifle.

Sheriff Steve Rushing tells us the girl's 13-year-old brother accidentally shot her this morning at their home in the Enterprise community.  We do not know the little girl's name, how this happened, and where the parents were when the rifle went off.  So, we went to find out more about the guns themselves.

"They are dangerous, if they're not using them properly," comments the Manager at Van’s Deer Processing and Sporting Goods.

Todd Sarotte says pellet rifles are air guns that can use the same speed and power as a 22-long rifle.

"The standard velocity of a 22-long rifle is one-thousand feet-per-second.  When you have a pellet traveling that speed, you're gonna have the same penetration," explains Sarotte.

According to Sarotte, most people use pellet rifles for target practice and to hunt small game, like squirrels and rabbits.

When asked if it surprised him that this little girl was killed by this type of gun, Sarotte replied, “I know they possess the ability to do that, but I’m very surprised and shocked to hear that.”

Sarotte advises treating pellet rifles just like any other gun.

"The main thing is always be under the impression that the gun is loaded, keep it pointed in a safe direction, keep your hand away from the trigger and keep the gun on safe," continues Sarotte.

Always keep them locked safely away from children.  But, if you allow them to use it, make sure they're supervised at all times.

"Most time, when someone's putting this kind of gun in someone's hands, they know they're responsible enough to take care and treat it like it's an actual gun," adds Sarotte.

We’re told that since investigators have determined it to be an accidental shooting no charges are expected to be filed.

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We're covering a tragic story out of Lincoln county today. The Lincoln County Sheriff, Steve Rushing, confirms to WJTV News Channel 12 that a 6-year-old girl has died after accidentally being shot with a pellet rifle by her 13-year-old brother in the Enterprise community. The sheriff went on to tell us that the shooting happened around 5:30 this morning. According to Sheriff Rushing, the little girl was rushed to Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center where we are told she passed away around noon today. Sheriff Rushing says no charges will be filed and that by all indications, this was nothing more than an accidental shooting. At this point, authorities are not releasing the little girl's name, the address where it happened or the exact circumstances of the shooting. However, Sheriff Rushing does tell WJTV that the shooting did take place inside the family's home.


As always, we will continue covering this story and work to bring you an update beginning on WJTV News Channel 12 @ 5:00 and WJTV News Channel 12 @ 6:00. You can also watch for continuous news updates right here on wjtv.com. We will also have postings on the WJTV Facebook page and the WJTV Twitter page.

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