5-year-old boy accidentally shoots to death 2-year-old sister


LEXINGTON, Ky. — A 5-year-old boy who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in Cumberland County, Ky., on Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the state police.

The 2-year-old was taken to Cumberland County Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. \

Cumberland County Coroner Gary White identified the girl as Caroline Starks.

He said the children’s mother was at home when the shooting occurred, and the gun was a gift the boy received last year.

“It’s a Crickett,” he said. “It’s a little rifle for a kid. … The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”

White said the gun was kept in a corner, and the family did not realize a shell had been left in it. He said the shooting will be ruled accidental.

“Just one of those crazy accidents,” White said.