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6-year-old shot in head dies

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WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskie says that 6-year-old Jamerica Ragsdale died at 1:36 Thursday morning. She was shot in the head Tuesday at her grandmother's home on Cooper Drive, west of Vicksburg.

There was a 16 year old in the house in an adjacent bedroom handling a 22 caliber pistol," said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace. "The firearm discharged. The projectile went through the wall of the bedroom into the living room where the child was standing and struck the child in the head."

"Yeah it was an accident," said Nikia Ragsdale, Jamerica's uncle. "But he shouldn't been playing with guns."

Those in the house say Jamerica and her four sisters were staying there temporarily with their grandmother while their family moved. The teen shooter, is not being identified, nor do we know how he's related to the family.

"At this time the 16 year old is being detained in youth detention for possession of a handgun by a minor," said Sheriff Pace. "As this investigation continues all that information will be presented to the Warren County Youth Court to see if any charges are applicable to the injury of the child."

Investigators are also looking into where the gun came from, and how it made it's way into the hands of the teen.

"Had a number of young people there that the youth court wants to know why they weren't in school," added Sheriff Pace. "Had adults on the scene. Of course we are questioning why a 16 year old had access to a handgun. There are a lot of questions the youth court officials need answers to."

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