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Sheriff: Ga. Girl Shot As Brother Played With Gun

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File photo of a road. The family was driving at the time of the accidental shooting. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

File photo of a road. The family was driving at the time of the accidental shooting. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says an 11-year-old girl was fatally shot by her brother as he was playing with a loaded handgun.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/KGCEZV ) Cassie Culpepper was shot in the face late Friday as she rode with her brother and other children in the back of a pickup truck.

Whitfield Sheriff Scott Chitwood says the girl’s 12-year-old brother told investigators he had sneaked a pistol with him and thought it was unloaded. Chitwood says the boy pointed the gun at his sister and pulled the trigger to scare her. Their mother was driving the truck.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff. Agent Jerry Scott says the death appears to be a “tragic accident.”

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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