Tragic, Dad Shoots 6 Year Old

He thought the gun he was cleaning was unloaded. Now his 6-year-old daughter is dead.

Here's a few simple gun safety rules:

  • Don't point it at anything you don't intend to shoot. EVER.

  • Keep your finger off the trigger unless you intend to shoot. ALWAYS.

  • Clear the gun every time you pick it up. EVERY TIME.

A 6-year-old girl in southern Indiana was shot in the head and killed after a gun her father was cleaning accidentally went off, according to state police.

The girl, identified as Makayla S. Bowling, was killed Friday night inside a home in Washington County, Ind., police said in a statement. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about an accidental shooting around 10:30 p.m.

Authorities learned that the girl’s father was inside the house cleaning a handgun he thought was unloaded when it discharged. The bullet struck the child in the head, police said.

She was transported by air ambulance to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, about 40 miles away. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead, the statement said.

The incident is under investigation, but Indiana State Police detectives said that at this time they don’t think foul play was involved. Authorities did not say if any charges would be filed.

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