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Police arrest 2 after young girl fatally shoots herself

20 September 2016, 07:57

Miami — Two young Florida children were killed in separate weekend shootings, including a four-year-old girl who was shot while playing with a gun that she found on a bed, authorities said on Monday.

Investigators on Monday announced the arrest of a 16-year-old boy and the uncle of four-year-old Amirra Jacques, who apparently found a gun on a bed in a Riviera Beach home on Sunday night. The gun discharged while the girl was playing with it. She was taken to a hospital but died a short time later.

The girl's uncle, Nathaniel Lowe, 25, originally told officers that someone entered the home through an open door and fired a shot, striking the girl, Riviera Beach police spokesperson Rose Anne Brown said. But investigators determined that the girl shot herself and the 16-year-old discarded the gun two blocks away, Brown said. The teen led detectives to the gun.

Lowe is charged with culpable negligence, tampering with evidence, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Florida Department of Corrections records show that he was sentenced in February to 22 months of probation for attempted burglary. He is in jail, with bail set at $150 000.

The teen is charged with culpable negligence, tampering with evidence, perjury and grand theft of a firearm. Authorities did not explain his relationship to the girl.

Across the state in Tampa, investigators are trying to determine how 17-month-old Amaya Shafi was killed.

Tampa police said in a news release that she was shot at the Clipper Bay Apartments about 16:12 on Sunday. Her parents drove her to a hospital, where she died.

Investigators were interviewing family members.

- AP


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