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10-year-old Merriam girl shot in leg after younger brother finds gun

Police officer demonstrates trigger lock for gun safety

In a video produced by the Marion County Public Health Department, an Indianapolis police officer demonstrates how to secure a gun with a trigger lock. Police recommend gun owners use the devices to prevent accidental shootings.
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In a video produced by the Marion County Public Health Department, an Indianapolis police officer demonstrates how to secure a gun with a trigger lock. Police recommend gun owners use the devices to prevent accidental shootings.

Merriam police said a 10-year-old girl was shot in the leg Sunday after her younger brother found an unattended gun.

The girl’s injury was not life-threatening, according to police.

The shooting was reported about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 5200 block of Farley Court.

Merriam police said a 9-year-old boy found the gun and it somehow went off. A bullet struck his sister in the leg.

The injured child was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Police did not say if any adults were in the home at the time, or if authorities would seek criminal charges for the incident.

The Police Department said it distributes free gun locks to Merriam residents and encourages people to use them.

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