SPARKS, NV - A thirteen-year-old girl is dead after her seventeen-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the neck Monday afternoon.
Sparks police responded to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of East Prater Way around 3PM. The caller originally reported a man had crawled through a window in the home, shot Alondra Cervantes, then left through the same window.
Officials declared Cervantes dead at the scene. But police say they found evidence that contradicted the story, including a shotgun in nearby bushes.
The brother later admitted he shot his sister, police say. Another juvenile friend who had witnessed the incident corroborated the story.
"The brother seemed kind of in shock, but as it sank in, he got
more emotional," said Sparks Police Commander Brian Miller.
The teens told authorities they were playing with the shotgun when it discharged and the girl was struck in the neck. No parents were in the house at the time.
Police believe the boy's story that the shooting was an accident, Miller said.
The boy's name hasn't been released. He is held at Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Facility. He is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and minor in possession of a firearm. Police say the gun didn't belong to the family and apparently wasn't stolen, but they don't know yet where the boy got it.