A 5-year-old Mountain Village girl died Monday afternoon in a shooting by her older brother, according to Alaska State Troopers.
A Tuesday AST dispatch says troopers from St. Mary's responded at about 2:20 p.m. Monday to the shooting.
“Investigation revealed that an 8-year-old boy was playing with a Ruger 10/22 (rifle) that he had used the day before to go hunting, when he shot his 5-year-old sister, killing her,” troopers wrote.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says troopers can’t or won’t release many details about the shooting, which remains under investigation. She says the boy was unsupervised at the time of the incident.
“The boy was home, his 5-year-old sister came home and within the span of 15 minutes she was dead,” Peters said.
While troopers have notified the state Office of Children’s Services and the district attorney’s office, there isn’t any immediate word on actions taken by those agencies.
“It's too early to know whether charges are warranted against anybody,” Peters said.
Peters emphasizes that much of what troopers know about the shooting is preliminary, and asks the public not to rush to judgment on the case.
“There's no easy answer to it, and obviously no one thinks it's going to happen,” Peters said. “It's a very good opportunity to realize how much can go wrong in a very short time.”
The girl’s body will undergo an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office.
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