5-year-old girl shoots, kills self playing with dad’s gun

LAPLACE, LA (WDSU) A 5-year-old Louisiana girl is dead after shooting herself with her father’s gun.

Haley Moore was spending the weekend at her dad’s house with her older sister and brother. The family was supposed to go see a movie Saturday.

Instead, St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s deputies said, she found her father’s gun.

“The father said he was taking a shower when he heard a gunshot,” Lt. Greg Baker said. “He got out of the shower, and that’s when he discovered that his daughter had accidentally shot herself.”

Baker said the bullet entered Haley’s right chest and came out under her left arm. A neighbor, Joy Ursin, said her husband was outside mowing their lawn when the first deputy arrived around 9:30am Saturday. She knew something was terribly wrong when she saw Haley’s older sister and brother.

“The officer pulled up,” Ursin said. “The kids ran out of the house screaming.”

Moore would be pronounced dead at the hospital.

Deputies said the father told them he had left the .45-caliber gun out on a table.

“Safety, everything is safety,” Baker said. “If you’re the owner of a weapon, buy a safe box, a gun safe. That’s the way it is. Teach your kids. Teach your family about it.”

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