Brother accidentally shoots, kills 10-year-old sister

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- A 10-year-old Waycross girl was allegedly shot and killed by her brother Friday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. in the 4900 block of Jana Lane, according to the Ware County Sheriff Randy F. Royal.

The 10-year-old girl asked her brother, also a juvenile, to hold a 12-gauge shotgun that was in the home, Sheriff Royal detailed. As he was trying to make sure the gun was not loaded, it accidentally fired and struck the unidentified victim.

The victim's brother ran next door to a neighbor's house where 911 was called.

Once deputies arrived, they found the girl, lying on the floor of the living room with a gunshot wound.

The deputies immediately began first aid on the victim until Ware County EMS arrived. Life Flight was also requested, but the young girl passed away shortly after the request was made.

Officials reported that the victim and her brother were alone in the home while their parents were at work at the time of the shooting.

During the investigation, authorities found that the victim's father, 33-year-old Joshua Scott Jowers, is a convicted felon and he was arrested Sunday for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In addition to the shotgun, WSO detectives seized several other firearms inside Jowers' home.

The investigation is ongoing, but authorities said this shooting has all indications of an unintentional discharge of the shotgun.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah, GA.


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