A 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital on Monday after authorities say her older brother accidentally shot her with a pellet gun, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
The incident happened around noon near California and Bryan avenues in Fresno.
The Sheriff’s Office said the shooting may have happened in the backyard of the mobile home. The mobile home is in an orchard area, and the mother brought the girl to the roadway to meet EMS.
She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery, the Sheriff’s Office said. A pellet was removed from her body, and she is listed in serious but stable condition.
Homicide detectives responded to the home to conduct interviews. They learned that a 7-year-old boy and his sister were playing outside. The boy got ahold of a pellet rifle and fired it, accidentally striking the girl in her upper body, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The boy immediately told his parents what happened, which allowed them to call for help.
No arrests have been made, the Sheriff’s Office said. Under California law, pellet guns are not required to be locked up, since they are not considered to be real firearms.