Police: Girl, 5, dies after accidental shooting in Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl died in an accidental shooting in Ohio over the weekend.

Columbus police said the child was shot in the head after apparently getting hold of the weapon in an apartment on the city’s north side.

Commander Robert Strausbaugh of the police major crimes bureau said officers called to the complex at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday found the child’s father trying to revive her.

Emergency dispatchers said she was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Police identified her Sunday as 5-year-old Serenity Robinson and said “This appears to be an accidental shooting.”

Police haven’t said how the child obtained the weapon. Strausbaugh said it was the second such case in about a month and urged firearms owners to take advantage of the city’s free gun locks program.