9-Year-Old Boy Shoots and Kills His 13-Year-Old Sister Over Video Game Controller
Monroe County, Mississippi - A 13-year-old girl has died at Le Bonheur's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee following a gunshot to the back of her head by her 9-year-old brother who was mad because she wouldn't give up her game controller.
Their mother was home but in a different room feeding other children when everything happened. It is unclear how the boy was able to gain access to the firearm.
At this time, authorities do not know what kind of charges will be pressed.
In an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in June 2017, it was reported that over 7,000 children each year are killed or injured by firearms - that equates to about 19 U.S. children per day according to a study done by federal researchers. 1,300 of these incidents result in the death of the child.
Firearms are the second leading cause of death (behind car accidents) for children age 1-17. “These are preventable injuries that have a major public health impact on early death and disability among children,” lead author Katherine A. Fowler, Ph.D., said in an email interview.
Reports indicate that 5,790 children are treated for firearm-related injuries each year in hospital emergency rooms. Of these, 88% are teens and 84% are male.