A 14-year-old St Louis girl ‘accidentally’ fatally shot her 12-year-old cousin and then killed herself while live-streaming on Instagram Live at a birthday party, MTO News has reported.
And video of the shooting is now going viral all over social media.
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St Louis police initially described Friday’s incident in which 12-year-old Paris Harvey shot her 14-year-old cousin, Kuaron Harvey before killing herself, as a murder-suicide.
But the children’s families have since described the horrific shooting, which occurred at a home the family rented for a birthday celebration, as a ‘terrifying accident’.
Kuaron and Paris, whose mother and father were siblings, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
And despite initial reports, relatives of the teenagers are denying reports of a murder-suicide, instead saying it was a ‘terrifying accident.’
‘It was not a murder. It was not a suicide, ‘Paris’ mother Shinise Harvey, 35, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. ‘It was a strange accident. It happened.’
They were playing with the gun, when they shouldn’t have been. Of course, they shouldn’t do that. I think it just goes out. It happened by mistake. ‘
The gun is believed to have been brought to the party by Kuaron, but police are still investigating to whom the weapon was registered.