‘My First Rifle’: 5-Year-Old Brother Accidentally Kills Sister, 2-Year-Old Caroline Starks, With Kid-Friendly Gun

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on May 01 2013 11:09 AM

Update, 12 p.m.: Keystone Sporting Goods has removed the Facebook page for "My First Rifle."

Original post: A 2-year-old Kentucky girl was fatally shot by her 5-year-old brother on Tuesday afternoon, when he was playing around with a rifle he had been given as a gift and shot her by mistake.

Caroline Starks was rushed to Cumberland County Hospital just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, where she was pronounced dead, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The girl’s mother had been at home at the time of the shooting but told police that she had stepped outside to the porch for “no more than three minutes.”

Cumberland County Coroner Gary White identified the gun that was used to shoot Starks as a .22-caliber “My First Rifle,” from a line of youth rifles designed by Crickett, a branch of Keystone Sporting Arms. White said that Starks’ older brother had been given it as a gift last year.

"It's a Crickett," White said. "It's a little rifle for a kid. ... The little boy's used to shooting the little gun."

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The company’s website states that its goal is “to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve.”

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White added that the rifle had been left out lying in a corner but that his parents hadn’t known that there had been one shell left in it. He added that the death would be ruled accidental.

"Just one of those crazy accidents," White said.

An autopsy of Starks was planned for Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Keystone Sporting Arms has yet to comment on the incident.

 

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