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Toddler fatally shoots 4-year-old at gas station in Pennsylvania

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Apr 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 14:57:31-04

A 2-year-old boy shot and killed a 4-year-old girl inside a car in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

According to the Chester Police Department, the boy was handling the gun in a parked car at a gas station when it went off.

The children's father was reportedly filling up the vehicle with gas at the time.

Police said the 4-year-old was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the two children were siblings.

In a statement to the publication, the Delaware County District Attorney said he was "heartbroken" by the incident, which is under investigation.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group that advocates for gun control measures, there have been 51 unintentional shootings by children in 2022. They have resulted in 17 deaths and 38 injuries, the organization says.