A 4-year-old girl was killed Monday night in what police are describing as an accidental shooting.
Authorities are unsure if the girl fired the gun or if someone else shot her. However, he said, the shooting appears to be accidental. The girl was in the apartment where she lived with her parents and two younger siblings. No one else was harmed in the shooting.
Halifax said police found more than one gun in the apartment. He said he didn't know what types of guns they were or what kind of gun was used in the shooting. Authorities also did not know who the guns belonged to. Halifax said police had not been called to the residence before.
Des Moines police see a couple of accidental shootings a year, but they are not typically fatal, Halifax said. The most recent fatal shooting involving a minor was in October 2012, when Dontavius Sharkey, 16, accidentally shot friend Corey Hamilton Jr., 16, in the head.