A teenage girl was shot and killed inside a home in south Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon, according to Las Vegas police.
Officers responded to a report of an accidental shooting at 3:25 p.m. at a house in the 1600 block of Little Crow Avenue, near Spencer Street and Pebble Road. A teen was transported to the hospital and died about 30 minutes later, according to a source close to the investigation.
Initial reports said that one 13-year-old shot another 13-year-old, according to a Las Vegas police spokesperson. Police were initially investigating the shooting as accidental, but as of Tuesday night, it was unclear if that was still the case.
“At this time we do not know if the injury was accidental or on purpose. That’s still under investigation,” said Las Vegas homicide Sgt. Annette Darr.
Darr said that three juveniles were inside the home at the time of the shooting, and it was not clear if any adults were at home when the shooting occurred.
Neighbors said that the street is always full of children playing, but that this has been a tragic reminder to them about the safety of their own children.
“It makes me worry about whether I let even the people I know have my kids,” said neighbor Kelly Lincoln.
Las Vegas police stressed the need to keep guns in secure places.
“Gun safety is paramount whenever a parent has a gun in the home,” Darr said. “The gun should be kept under lock and key at all times,”
Reporter Caitlyn Belcher contributed to this report. Contact reporter Colton Lochhead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-4638. Follow him on Twitter @clochhead44.