Police: 14-year-old boy accidentally shoots self, 6-year-old sister while trying to protect siblings from intruder

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ELKHART, Ind. – A 14-year-old boy who was trying to protect his younger siblings accidentally shot himself and his 6-year-old sister Monday night.

According to the Elkhart Truth, the three siblings were home when someone yelled and banged on their door in the 300 block of East Carlton Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Monday.

Scared and believing the person could be an intruder, the boy retrieved his mother’s gun, Elkhart police said.

4 Fast Facts

  • Fourteen-year-old boy accidentally shoots self, 6-year-old sister
  • The boy retrieves his mother’s gun because he thought an intruder was banging on the door
  • The teen suffered a graze wound; his sister was hit in the thigh
  • They went to a neighboring home for help and were then taken to a hospital for treatment

While the teen was holding the handgun, his 6-year-old sister grabbed him around the waist. As a result, the startled 14-year-old fired the gun; he suffered a graze wound to his leg and his sister was hit in the thigh.

The children ran to a neighboring home and were then transported to Elkhart General Hospital. Their injuries weren’t life-threatening, police said. Their 9-year-old brother, who was also inside the home at the time of the shooting, was not hurt in the incident.

Police took possession of the gun and were still investigating the incident.

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