5-year-old boy fatally shoots 3-year-old girl in Minnesota

A three-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by a five-year-old boy in Minnesota, United States.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff says that around Friday 4:00am the department received a report of an accidental shooting at a Bena residence and when deputies got there they learned the boy shot the girl inside the home.

Family members started to take the girl to the hospital but then an ambulance took over mid-trip, attempting lifesaving efforts, the post explains.

The girl was pronounced dead on arriving to the hospital.

The girl was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Under Minnesota law, “Children under the age of 14 years are incapable of committing crime” and therefore the boy cannot be charged in the shooting.

The statement did not detail the relationship between the boy and the girl. Authorities did not say how the boy got access to the gun.

So far this year, there have been at least 239 unintentional shootings by children in the United States, according to research presented by Everytown, a nonprofit advocating gun control. Those shootings have resulted in 94 deaths and 157 injuries, according to the organization.