12-year-old Shoots Sister With Dad's Rifle

LA MESA -- Police are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in which a 12-year-old boy used his father's rifle and shot his 17-year-old sister.

Police said that at 9:44 a.m. Monday, a 12 year-old boy called 9-1-1 stating that he had accidentally shot his 17 year-old sister. The 12 year-old boy and his sister were inside their home in the 8800 block of Jefferson Avenue in La Mesa when the incident occurred.

Police said the two juveniles were home alone when the 12 year-old boy went into his parent’s bedroom and retrieved his father’s AR-15 style rifle. The boy brought the rifle into the living area of the home and began manipulating the gun. The rifle accidentally discharged and struck his 17 year-old sister in the shoulder while she was lying on the couch watching television. The 17 year-old victim was transported to the hospital by the paramedics for treatment. The injuries are not life-threatening.

This is still an ongoing investigation at this time and we are uncertain if charges will be filed.

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