Sheriff: Teen fatally shoots friend while playing with gun


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 14-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her friend while playing a game of hide-and-seek.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened Friday at a home near Lake Norfork in northern Arkansas.

According to a news release, the two 14-year-old girls were playing hide-and-seek when one of the girls found her father’s rifle and started playing with it, believing it to be unloaded. The gun discharged and struck the friend, killing her.

Authorities say the girl who died was from Jonesboro. No names were released and the release said no foul play is suspected.

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  1. a bit old to be playing hid and seek i would think or at least the excuse being used…..different type of hide and seek i ever played although the rifle should not have been left where anyone could get their hands on it. a 14 year old should know better than to even handle a rifle in the first place for such. i would understand a bit more if the child was 4, 5, or 6 but 14 is entirely immature for doing such a thing. you always treat or handle a weapon as loaded. probably a lot more to this story but withheld by law enforcement for purpose.

  2. I played hide & seek at 14 and there was nothing immature about it. Myself and 5 friends were”mature” enough to be dropped at the family farm alone for a week. Thirty miles from anywhere with the only phone 2-3 miles away and ZERO adult supervision the entire week. The only immature thing here is your comment…clown.

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