A Kentucky toddler was accidentally shot dead by her own brother as he played with a gun he’d been given as a gift, police said.
Caroline Starks, 2, was killed after her 5-year-old sibling fired the .22-caliber rifle at their Burkesville home at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
She was rushed to Cumberland County Hospital but pronounced dead.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the weapon — a Crickett branded by makers Keystone Sporting Arms as “My First Rifle” — was given to the boy last year.
Promotional material on KSA’s website says the gun aims to “instill safety in the minds of youth shooters.”
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said the family had not realized a shell was left inside the gun, which was kept in a corner of the house.
The pair’s mom was at home when the shot was fired, he added.
Revealing the shooting would be ruled accidental, White added: “It’s just one of those crazy accidents.”