TEXAS COUNTY, Mo. – The Texas County Sheriff’s Office has announced a 9-year-old child has died from a gunshot wound.
Monday evening deputies went to a home on Nagle Drive in Elk Creek for a report of a child who had been shot.
The investigation revealed that the victim was shot by a younger sibling.
The children were playing outside the residence and gained access to a rifle in a parked vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
All child deaths are subject to a full investigation.
Sheriff Scott Lindsey said, “There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a child, I would ask that you join me in praying for comfort for those affected by this incident. This tragedy is also a reminder to all of us that are parents to examine hazards, such as storage of firearms or any other dangerous item that children might have access to.”