5-year-old killed in accidental shooting on Thanksgiving, family says

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — A 5-year-old girl died on Thanksgiving in an accidental shooting in South Fulton, family members told WSB-TV.

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Police said they responded to a report of a shooting on Thursday night at The Garden of Camp Creek Apartments, WSB reported. Authorities said Khalis Eberhart was shot in the chest after another child picked up a gun. Family members told WSB that Khalis died after a child hit a gun that had been placed on a chair, causing it to go off.

Neighbors said Khalis’ father ran to paramedics with his daughter in his arm, according to WSB. The news station reported that she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

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“Khalis was a very smart girl. She was very outgoing,” the girl’s grandmother, Tracy Towne, told WSB. “She kept a smile on her face. (She was a) happy little child.”

Family members added that Khalis has a twin. They called her death shocking and traumatic.

“I know it’s going to be difficult for them because twins do share a bond that people don’t understand,” Towne said, according to WSB.

Police are investigating the shooting, the news station reported.