HEADLINE Nine-year-old boy shot sister dead over video game controller

HEADLINE

Nine-year-old boy shot sister dead over video game controller

AFP

02:32, March 20, 2018

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Mississippi police said the boy shot his elder sister after she refused to give up a video game controller (Photo: AFP)

A nine-year-old boy shot dead his sister, 13, in the southern US state of Mississippi following an argument about a video game controller, local media reported Monday.

The tragedy took place Saturday when the girl refused to give up the controller, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said according to reports. The boy then opened fire, striking his sister in the back of the head.

The bullet pierced through girl's brain, and she was taken to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in critical condition. She died Sunday.

An investigation was opened to determine how the young boy had access to a firearm and to what extent he was aware of the danger.

Such accidents are not rare in the United States, where the debate on gun control rages on.

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