Toddler dies in shotgun accident

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2001

BETHEL (AP) -- A three-year-old Kipnuk girl died Monday in an accidental shooting, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Kayla Carl of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village was shot in the head in her home about 2 p.m., troopers said.

A 14-year-old boy was holding the .410-gauge shotgun when it went off, troopers said. They didn't know if there was a family relationship between the two children.

Kipnuk, about a hundred miles southwest of Bethel, has a population of fewer than 300 people.

The shooting came less than a month after a similar accident in Tyonek, on Cook Inlet. In that case, a six-year-old boy was killed by the blast from a .410 gauge shotgun his 12-year-old cousin was holding. That occurred on July 10.

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