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Girl, 7, dies after being shot by sibling

The children discovered a gun in their policeman father’s van on Saturday.

Marysville, Washington.
Marysville, Washington.
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POLICE IN WASHINGTON state are investigating the death of a seven-year-old girl after she was fatally wounded by her brother when the children found a gun in their policeman father’s van.

The two children were inside the vehicle at the time of Saturday’s shooting in Marysville, and their parents are understood to have been nearby.

The young girl was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead early yesterday morning, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Investigators have not commented on whether the weapon was one assigned to the officer by the police force, King 5 News reports.

This is the second child-related shooting in the Seattle area in under three weeks. Last last month, a eight-year-old girl was seriously injured when a gun brought to school by a classmate discharged inside his schoolbag, striking her in the stomach.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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