An eight-year-old in the southern central Gambian region of Niamina inadvertently shot his 12-year-old foster sister in the chest killing her, authorities say.
The boy, whose name is withheld because of his age is currently with social services. He was playing with a locally made gun, kartus, belonging to his father, Alieu Mbaye who was away, when the firearm involuntarily discharged.
Mbaye had left the locally made single barrel gun at his home within the reach of the children and was at his farm when the incident occurred.
“While Alieu was away, his 8-year-old son took the loaded firearm and shot the foster-sister, which resulted with the cartridges penetrating into her chest, allegedly causing her instant death,” said police spokesperson, Foday Conta.
Police have arrested Mbaye and charged him with rash and negligence act causing death and for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The boy was treated for minor injuries caused by the firearm’s kick back at a local hospital before being taken by the police.