A 9-year-old boy killed his sister by shooting her in the head following a row over a computer game controller, US police say.
The 13-year-old Mississippi girl died from her injuries in Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Officers say the boy grabbed a .25 calibre handgun at about 1pm on Saturday when his sister would not give up the game controller.
He allegedly shot her from behind and the bullet entered her brain.
It was unclear how the boy obtained the gun. It is also unclear what consequences the young boy will face. A local sheriff said.
“He’s just nine,” said Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell.
“I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV. I don’t know if he knew exactly what this would do. I do know it’s a tragedy.”
“This is all new ground for us, we’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age nine,” Sheriff Cantrell told the press.
The victim has been identified as Dijonae White who was a student at Tupelo Middle School.
The mother was in another room, feeding her other children lunch when the tragedy occurred.