Deputies ID 6-year-old girl shot & killed in Beaufort County

Published: Jan. 3, 2017 at 9:38 PM EST
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Deputies have released the name of a six-year-old who was shot and killed Tuesday evening in Beaufort County.

They say Victoria Whitehurst, of Pinetown, was killed by an accidental gunshot wound.

After investigating, deputies say they learned that the girl was visiting a home on Main Street in Pinetown, staying with two other children, a 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.

Deputies say the 11-year-old was showing the two girls a shotgun that he got for Christmas when the gun went off. It struck Victoria, killing her, and injuring one of the family dogs.

State law says all guns must be properly stored when unsupervised children are in the home. Beaufort County Chief Deputy Charlie Rose says they are looking to see if that law applies in this case and whether any charges should be filed.

Relatives say the children were all related.

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says a six-year-old girl has died following a shooting which they believe was accidental and involved another child.

Around 6:00 p.m. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a person shot at home on Main Street in Pinetown.

Deputies arrived to find the victim, a six year old girl had been fatally wounded.

The investigation is ongoing, but preliminary findings indicate the shooting was accidental and it was a 11-year-old boy who shot the gun.

The name of the child killed is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Relatives say the two children were cousins.

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting.

Details are limited at this time.

Chief Deputy Charlie Rose could only tell us that investigators were on the scene of a shooting in the Pinetown area Tuesday night.

We are expecting further details from him and will update the story as those become available.

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