6-Year-Old Girl in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Brother, 13

Investigators said the shooting appeared to be accidental.

By Gilma Avalos
|  Sunday, May 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:42 PM CDT
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A 6-year-old girl was shot by her 13-year-old brother in Oakland Park according to investigators.

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6-Year-Old Girl in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Brother in Oakland Park: BSO

Broward Sheriffs Deputies were called to the scene after a 6-year-old girl was shot by her 13-year-old brother in Oakland Park Saturday night. Investigators said the shooting appears to be accidental. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos spoke with neighbors about the incident.
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A six-year-old Florida girl was in critical condition Sunday after being shot by her 13-year-old brother Saturday night in Oakland Park, north of Fort Lauderdale Saturday night.

According to neighbors, the children were playing a game when the shooting occurred.

"They were playing hide and go seek. I don't know how it went down but he shot his sister," said neighbor Peter Milano.

Milano saw a frantic woman he thought was the children's aunt running down the block.

"She came up to me 'Is she ok? Is she ok?' At the time I didn't know what she was talking about," Milano said.

The two children were home alone when the shooting happened, said Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Homicide detectives spent time talking with the 13-year-old. Neighbors said he drew pictures for investigators as he described what happened.

"The kids probably, well, how could you  feel, you just shot your sister," Milano said.

Though detectives are specially trained to deal with the most sensitive situations, Moschella said the fact that two children are involved made this job that much more difficult.

"It is very difficult when dealing with children, specifically children who've been through a very traumatic situation," she said. "This family will never be the same after tonight, no matter how it ends up."

The Child Protective Investigative Section was at the scene. Detectives believe the shooting was accidental and were still trying to determine exactly how the teen got access to the gun. It is still unclear whether charges will be filed as the investigation continues.

The 6-year-old is in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center.

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