THE seven-year-old daughter of a Washington state police officer died yesterday after being shot by her brother, with a gun the children found in their father's van.
The pair were alone in the vehicle in Stanwood, Washington, 87km north of Seattle, when the incident happened on Saturday afternoon, KCPQ-TV reported.
The boy accidentally shot the girl as the siblings were handling the loaded firearm, KOMO-TV reported. Their parents were nearby when the shooting occurred.
The girl was rushed to a local hospital before being transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died early this morning.
The gun was registered to the Marysville police officer, but it was unknown if it was his duty weapon or a personal firearm.
"At this time we are all extremely concerned for the well being of one of our department family members," said Marysville Police Chief Rick Smith, according to KCPQ-TV. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
The age of the boy was not released.