Girl dies after 15-year-old brother accidentally shoots her with gun he bought ‘on the street’

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WESTWEGO, La. – A 15-year-old boy has been arrested for negligent homicide after accidentally shooting his 14-year-old sister in the head with a handgun he bought “on the street.”

The shooting occurred around 12:35 a.m. on July 14 in a home on East Claiborne Parkway in unincorporated Westwego, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The 15-year-old boy was handling the gun in a bedroom of the home when it went off.

The 14-year-old girl was struck in the head by the bullet and later died from her injuries at University Hospital.

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The boy told detectives that he bought the gun “on the street for protection,” according to the JPSO.

A 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic handgun was found in the bedroom along with one spent shell casing.

The 15 year-old faces charges of Negligent Homicide and Juvenile with a Firearm, according to the JPSO.