Mississippi boy, 11, dies after being shot in the head by his rifle-wielding sister, 12, while they were out hunting rabbits with 19-year-old stepbrother

  •  An 11-year-old boy died after his 12-year-old sister shot him in the head with a .22-caliber rifle
  • The young siblings were hunting rabbits with their 19-year-old stepbrother at their Grandmother’s house in Jones County, Mississippi
  • Officers described the incident as a ‘tragic accident’ but said the investigation is ongoing

An 11-year-old boy tragically died after his 12-year-old sister shot him in the head with a rifle during a family hunting trip.

The two Mississippi youngsters were out hunting for rabbits on Saturday with their 19-year-old stepbrother at their grandmother’s house on Alex Knight Road when the heartbreaking shooting took place.

During the hunting trip, the boy knelt down to hand his sister the rifle so she could have a turn at shooting the rabbit – but as he stood up she pulled the trigger and he was shot in the head, according to local reports.

Family members immediately jumped into action to provide aid and the EMServ ambulance rushed him to a hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

He continued to fight for his life despite sustaining critical and life-threatening injuries from the .22-caliber rifle gunshot.

Two Mississippi youngsters were out hunting for rabbits on Saturday with their 19-year-old stepbrother at their grandmother’s house on Alex Knight Road when a heartbreaking shooting took place

During the hunting trip, the boy knelt down to hand his sister the rifle so she could have a turn at shooting the rabbit - but as he stood up she pulled the trigger and he was shot in the head

During the hunting trip, the boy knelt down to hand his sister the rifle so she could have a turn at shooting the rabbit – but as he stood up she pulled the trigger and he was shot in the head

Jones County Sheriff's Department public information officer Lance Chancellor described the situation as 'tragic' and said it took an emotional toll on everyone involved

Jones County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Lance Chancellor described the situation as ‘tragic’ and said it took an emotional toll on everyone involved

Family members immediately jumped into action to provide the 11-year-old with aid and the EMServ ambulance rushed him to a hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Family members immediately jumped into action to provide the 11-year-old with aid and the EMServ ambulance rushed him to a hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The young boy was sadly pronounced dead after being first transported to Forrest General Hospital and then the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Jones County Sheriff’s Office reported. 

The children involved haven’t been publicly identified due to their ages.  

Officers haven’t announced whether any charges will be filed in the 11-year-old’s death – but they have called the shooting a ‘tragic accident’ and said that the investigation is ongoing. 

‘Right now, our investigation is sadly ongoing,’ said Col. Jerry Carter, chief of law enforcement for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Carter took the lead on the the investigation because the shooting was hunting related. 

In the initial statement, Carter said ‘It was a young lady that shot her brother. It was in Jones County.

Jones County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Lance Chancellor described the situation as ‘tragic’ and said it took an emotional toll on everyone involved.

The young boy was sadly pronounced dead after being first transported to Forrest General Hospital and then the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson

The young boy was sadly pronounced dead after being first transported to Forrest General Hospital and then the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson

Officers haven't announced whether any charges will be made for the 11-year-old's death - but they have called the shooting a 'tragic accident' and said that the investigation into what exactly happened is ongoing

Officers haven’t announced whether any charges will be made for the 11-year-old’s death – but they have called the shooting a ‘tragic accident’ and said that the investigation into what exactly happened is ongoing

'Right now, our investigation is sadly ongoing,' said Col. Jerry Carter, chief of law enforcement for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Carter took the lead on the the investigation because the shooting was hunting related

‘Right now, our investigation is sadly ongoing,’ said Col. Jerry Carter, chief of law enforcement for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Carter took the lead on the the investigation because the shooting was hunting related

The Chancellor said that the boy’s organs could save other lives: ‘Out of this horrible tragedy, some child or children somewhere around the country will receive organ donations that could be the gift of life.’

Another hunting rifle-related incident in Jones County over the weekend saw a 36-year-old man get shot ‘between the eyes’ as he reached for his rifle on the top shelf of a closet in his home.

Willie Hall Lack’s reach for his weapon apparently caused the .380-caliber handgun below the rifle to discharge – but he was able to walk to a neighbor’s house for medical assistance. 

Investigators believe that by pulling the rifle, the 36-year-old somehow fired the handgun. 

The bullet appeared to have entered the right bridge of Lack’s nose and exited the top left side of his forehead.

JCSD Sgt. Denny Graham said ‘he’s extremely lucky to be alive’ and another first responder described him as a ‘walking miracle;.

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