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10-year-old shoots little sister

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A shooting in Rankin County leaves a 5-year-old girl hospitalized after deputies say her ten-year-old brother pulled the trigger.

The day's events still remain a terrifying experience for a woman who lived just down from where the shooting happened, along Perez Cove in Rankin County.

The neighbor, who gave her name as Bertha, said she heard shots ring out, which wasn't unusual since a shooting range sits not far from their property.

Then she heard cries for help. When she ran to the house, she saw two children: one shot just below the collarbone area, and another pleading for someone to help her.

She says her motherly instincts just kicked in when she heard the cries for help and called 911, preparing to take the child to a Mendenhall hospital.

Paramedics ended up airlifting the girl to UMMC because of the seriousness of her injuries.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey said the girl's 9-year-old brother shot her with a 22-caliber pistol.

He said the bullet remained lodged in the victim's spine.

"Our biggest concern, along with the family, is the welfare of the child, her getting better, and our prayers go out to her and her family," Bailey said. "We are going to look into it and find out how the nine year old ended up with a weapon."

A relative says the children are legally adopted by their grandfather. 

Bailey said investigators are treating this as an accidental shooting at this point. It remains under investigation.

 A 15-year-old sister was home at the time of the incident.

The little girl is in stable condition at UMMC. We're told she is expected to make a full recovery.

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