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5-year-old shoots sister with birthday rifle

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  • Two-year-old girl dies from gushot wound
  • Boy received gun for 5th birthday
  • Mom says she stepped outside for a few minutes

A 5-year-old boy shot and killed his little sister with a Crickett rifle he got for his fifth birthday. The 2-year-old girl died at her home in Cumberland, Kentucky.

Officials say the boy was playing with the rifle when it accidentally went off.

The family tells affiliate WLEX they kept the rifle in what they considered to be a safe place. Police say the mom had just stepped outside for a few minutes.

More from WLEX: Family: Shooting that killed 2-year-old was accidental

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