Friday, July 15, 2011

Lilianna Moore, three dies after shooting herself in head with gun she found while father left her home alone to see girlfriend - 14th July 2011

A three-year-old girl died after accidentally shooting herself in the head with a gun she had found hidden under a mattress, police said.

Lilianna Moore, three, had been left home alone by her father, who was out visiting his girlfriend when his daughter picked up the loaded gun in a bedroom at their apartment in St Louis, Missouri.

Neighbours reported seeing a paramedic racing out of the building carrying Lilianna's limp body in his arms, blood pouring from her head.

The horrific accident happened at around 8.40pm on Tuesday, as Lilianna played in a bedroom at her home in the Shaw neighbourhood.

She found the gun hidden between two mattresses, picked it up and accidentally pulled the trigger.

Lilianna was rushed to hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Shocked neighbours who gathered outside the apartment block to grieve said they couldn't believe a loaded gun had been left in the same room as a toddler.

Ali Lee, 24, who lives in the same building, told the Post Dispatch: 'It's more sad than anything. Sad that you can have a three-year-old running around with a loaded gun.'

Police have not yet made any arrests, and are still determining whether they will file charges against the girl's father.

Two more St Louis children were badly injured in unrelated shootings within the space of just two hours on Tuesday night. Read More