LAS VEGAS - Metro Police said another teenage girl was holding the gun when it discharged, shooting and killing 13-year-old Brooklyn Mohler Tuesday.
Brooklyn was shot at a house in the 1600 block of Little Crow Avenue, near Spencer Street and Pebble Road about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The teen was transported to an area hospital where she died later that evening.
Metro Police described the shooting as a "tragic accident" and said it doesn't anticipate filing charges in the case.
Police said the gun came from inside the home where the girl was shot.
Neighbors said they didn't expect a shooting on a quiet cul-de-sac inside the gated community.
"I came home and they had a bunch of crime scene tape up and the police were everywhere," neighbor Andrew Mertz said. "It is still surprising even though I saw other stuff happen before and I didn't think it would get this intense."
Metro Police Sgt. Annette Darr said the shooting serves as an example that guns and children don't mix.
"Gun safety is paramount whenever a parent has a gun in the home and guns should be kept under lock and key at all times," Darr said. "At this point there aren't any charges depending on the investigation and the access of the guns to juveniles."
Investigators are trying to figure out where the parents were when the shooting happened and why children had access to a gun.
The Clark County Coroner's Office has not yet determined a cause and/or manner of Brooklyn's death. Metro Police detectives are investigating the shooting.
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