Boy plays with gun, accidentally shoots niece dead

Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2017 08:20 PM

An 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot dead by a 14-year-old boy in Naga City on Wednesday.

NAGA CITY - An 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot dead by her 14-year-old uncle in Barangay Mainit here on Wednesday night, police said. 

Based on police investigation, the victim was having dinner when she was accidentally shot. 

The bullet hit the victim's eye and exited her head. She was brought to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival. 

Police said the boy was the victim's uncle. He had been asked by his older brother to remove the bullets from the .38 revolver but failed to remove all five bullets. 

A single bullet remained when the boy played with it and accidentally shot the victim.

The gun was owned by the victim's father who passed away around three years ago.

The victim's mother had been keeping the gun for self-defense.

The boy is now in the custody of city's social welfare and development agency.