|Brooklyn Mohler, age 13|
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.A 13-year-old girl died after an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon in the southern valley.Metro Police were investigating the shooting, which occurred about 3:25 p.m. in the 1600 block of Littlecrow Avenue, near West Pebble Road and Spencer Street. Sgt. John Sheahan, a Metro spokesman, said the shooting involved two 13-year-olds.The victim was transported to University Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.The incident took place on Littlecrow, a cul-de-sac just east of the 215 Beltway. Officer Larry Hadfield, another Metro spokesman, said he was not sure whether the shooting was inside a residence or outside.
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Friends of both girls were shocked by Mohler’s death. “We were making summer plans just last week,” one of the girls who was friends with Mohler said. “She could make anybody smile in a second.”
The girls described Mohler as the class clown who would entertain them with her antics. “She was really outgoing and bright,” another girl said. “She was friends with everyone. She was loud and funny.”
“We knew her so well,” one said. “You see it on the news and you think it would never happen to us. We never thought it would happen to someone in our school. We weren’t ready for this.”
Police have been to the residence twice in the past, according to a neighbor two houses down, who wished to remain anonymous. He said three kids ranging from mid-to-late teens to elementary school-age live there.
“(People) will be looking at the parents,” he said. “Why was the gun out? Even in a house full of adults, a gun should have a lock on it always. It’s turning into a big thing.” There were two other juveniles in the home at the time of the shooting, and it was not clear if any adults were in the residence..