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PD: 4-year-old dead after accidental shooting in Tempe

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Posted at 4:30 AM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 21:03:19-04

TEMPE, AZ — A 4-year-old girl is dead after an apparent accidental shooting in Tempe Sunday night.

Police say a family member called police around 8:45 p.m. and said the child shot herself inside the home near Rural and Baseline roads.

When officers arrived, they located the child with a gunshot wound, who sadly died a short time later.

Police say it appears the child gained access to the gun after her adult sibling temporarily placed the gun under a piece of furniture, believing it was out of sight and no longer a risk.

Investigators say preliminary information indicates the child was holding the gun at the time it was discharged.

Officials say once the cause and manner of death is determined, police say investigators will determine if there is probable cause to submit charges against anyone in relation to actions leading to the child's death.