Indiana father accidentally shoots and kills 6-year-old daughter while cleaning gun

An Indiana six-year-old was shot and killed by her father Friday when his gun accidentally discharged during a cleaning.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement it received a call late Friday night from a Washington County, Ind. home that Makayla S. Bowling had been shot in the head.

Police said her father was cleaning a handgun that he thought was unloaded when it discharged and struck the grade-schooler.

She was transported by air ambulance to the Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ken., about 45 miles away, where she succumbed to her injuries.

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Indiana State Police Detectives do not suspect foul play, though the incident is under investigation.

Bowling is survived by her parents, a brother and two sisters, according to her obituary.

Bowling’s death closely echoes that of the Florida 14-year-old who was accidentally shot by his father at a gun range in July 2016, as well as the Ohio 2-year-old who was accidentally shot and killed by his 13-year-old brother last year.

Just last month, an 18-year-old in the Bronx shot and killed himself by accident after he stumbled while playing with a friend’s gun and struck himself in the chest.

A study by the Associated Press and USA Today network in 2016 found that during the first six months of the year, a minor was killed in an accidental shooting once every other day.

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