A seven-year-old girl died from a gunshot after a nine-year-old boy accidentally opened fire at a house in Rassada.
The Phuket City Police Chief Colonel Sarawut Chooprasit told the Phuket Express today (August 8th), “Over the weekend we were notified from a hospital that a seven-year-old girl died from a gunshot wound.”
“The nine year-old boy, who is her relative, accidentally opened fire in their relative’s house where a new house blessing ceremony was being held on the first floor. The boy and the girl were playing on the second floor in a bedroom.”
“The boy found a handgun inside a storage box. He thought it was a toy gun. He pointed the gun at the girl and then pulled the trigger. The bullet hit the girl’s left chest and the girl was later pronounced dead.”
“The boy has not faced legal action in this case as he is under 12-years-old and it was a tragic accident. The girl’s family does not want any further legal action either as they are relatives.”
The Phuket Police will not be pursuing any charges against the parents for possession of the weapon and it was not immediately clear if the weapon was legally owned or why it wasn’t locked and secured.