14-year-old shot, killed; Police say kids were playing with gun

Police: 4 children home alone without adult supervision


DETROIT – A 14-year-old Detroit girl was shot and killed Tuesday while playing with a gun at her east side Detroit home.

Police said four children -- a 14-year-old, a teenage boy and two younger children between the ages of 5 and 7 -- were home alone without adult supervision.

"There was a gun in the house," said Assistant Police Chief James White. "The gun was not secure and the details are sketchy from that point, but it does look like one of the children was playing with the weapon and it discharged, striking her fatally."

Police took the teenage boy and younger children in to be questioned. At this point it appears to be accidental.

This is the second time in less than a month that a Detroit child has been killed while playing with an unsecured gun.

"It's what we've said all too many times -- If you've got a weapon in the house, you must secure the weapons," White said. "The police department gives out free gun locks and safes. There is just no excuse to have an unsecured weapon in your home."

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