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5-Year-Old Shot, Killed During Her Birthday Party

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The Salt Lake Tribune: A 5-year-old girl was killed at her own birthday party in what appears to be an accidental shooting Monday night in Beryl.

The victim, of Arizona, was visiting her grandparents in Beryl this week to celebrate her sixth birthday, which would have been on Tuesday, said Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower.

Several adults were in the home, but none were in the bedroom where the victim and another 5-year-old girl apparently found a .22-caliber rifle, Gower said. The victim was shot in the torso and died at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.

Authorities have not been able to determine whether the victim shot herself or whether the other child was handling the gun, Gower said; detectives have not interviewed the young witness because her parents have been out of town. An interview has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

"We're fairly confident it's accidental," Gower said.

It is not clear whether the witness is a relative or family friend of the victim.

Authorities are not releasing the victim's name pending the interview with the witness. The gun is registered to the victim's grandparents.

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Miranda @ Keeper of the Cheerios June 26, 2009, 12:49 PM

That is so sad :( I can’t imagine what her family must be going through.

Trina June 26, 2009, 1:18 PM

Another reminder that if you have guns in the home and little ones are there, please keep the gun unloaded and locked away in a safe unreachable place.

EmilyR June 26, 2009, 1:53 PM

Excellent Trina. My words exactly.

Anonymous June 26, 2009, 6:39 PM

Gun safety!! If you are going to own a gun you must must must take the steps to be a responsible gun owner.

Jessica July 3, 2009, 1:33 AM

That is just tragic!!!

eddie pyles September 15, 2009, 4:07 PM

That is so very sad. Some people have no right to own a firearm, and most have no right to own a daisy red rider. Too many john wayne type rednecks in the good ole usa.

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