Boy, 16, charged in accidental fatal shooting of sister, 14

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been charged in the accidental shooting of his 14-year-old sister at their home in western Michigan.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon in Muskegon Heights.

A petition charging the boy with open murder was filed Tuesday in Muskegon County Juvenile Court, but he could end up facing lesser charges.

Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat tells The Muskegon Chronicle that it hasn’t yet been determined whether it will try to charge the boy as an adult.

Police say the boy was playing with a handgun when it discharged, shooting his sister in the back. The Associated Press isn’t naming the girl to avoid identifying her brother.

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  • C

    I’m confused. A 16 year old boy, who may or maybe not be tried as an adult, could be charged with murder even though the shooting was accidental? Huh?

  • G

    If it was truely an accident how are people petitioning for murder charges as an adult..This world has gotten so bad you can’t have any kind of accidents without ruining alot of lifes… I feel bad for the family but an accident is an accident.