California 4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills 2-year-old cousin

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. – A 2-year-old California girl died after a 4-year-old boy somehow got hold of a gun and accidentally shot her Friday morning, authorities said.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to a report of a 2-year-old shooting victim in the Muscoy area of San Bernardino County at about 9:15 a.m., according to Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

First responders arrived and confirmed the toddler had been shot, she said.

The little girl was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later. Her name has not yet been released.

It was not immediately known how the boy got hold of the gun, according to Bachman.

“Any information about the gun, where it was, how the child got ahold of it, who it belongs to – all of those details will be determined during the investigation," she said.

The two children lived in the same house and were cousins, according to the sheriff's department.

A handful of adults were inside the home either when the shooting occurred or shortly after. Investigators have taken them to a sheriff's station for interviews, according to Bachman.

Authorities also have to do the necessary paperwork to legally enter the residence and conduct the investigation, she added.

Bachman noted that everyone was being "very cooperative."

No other information was immediately released.

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