9-year-old girl accidentally shot in leg by younger brother

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

AUBURN, Wash. - A 9-year-old Auburn girl is recovering after she was shot in the leg Wednesday night by her 7-year-old brother.

Auburn police said the boy picked up a .22-caliber rifle owned by an older brother thinking it was a toy.

“The little girl’s version is that he had the gun in his hand, pointed it at her and bang, it went off,”  said Auburn Police Cmdr. Dave Colglazier.

The little girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Colglazier said the .22-caliber Interarms rifle is owned by the younger children’s 14-year-old brother. He usually kept it locked in a gun safe in the family’s home in the 4600 block of Auburn Way South, where only he and his mother could access it. 

But Colglazier said the rifle was left out and loaded after the teenager attended target shooting and training at a nearby rifle range.

The teen and the mother of the children could face criminal charges.

“There is a possibility of reckless endangerment,” Colglazier said. Leaving it where a 7-year-old can get a hold of it.”

The case is being reviewed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.