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4-year-old girl critical after accidental shooting in LaGrange

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition after an accidental shooting in LaGrange, police said.

The handgun used Monday morning was within reach of the child’s 2-year-old and 7-year-old brothers and authorities told Channel 2 Action News they believe one of the siblings fired the shot.

Both brothers and the children’s mother were home at the time of the shooting, LaGrange police Sgt. Robert Kirby said. Investigators are trying to determine whether the mother or someone else owned the firearm.

Police were called to the home about 8:30 a.m. and found the girl with a gunshot wound to the head. She was taken to an Atlanta hospital.

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“We are definitely keeping our fingers crossed and praying and hoping for the best,” Kirby told Channel 2. 

The siblings were not injured.

The head of the LaGrange Housing Authority, Zsa Zsa Heard, said she knows the family.

“They’re just sweet kids, sweet,” Heard said. “The mom is sweet.”

Resident BJ Ferrell told the news station the community is praying for healing.

“I hate it,” Ferrell said. “It’s just a tragedy. It really is.”

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