UPDATE| Neighbors say accidental shooting could have been prevented

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Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 News 12 at 11 O'Clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Sonya Miller used to live in this neighborhood, right near River Glen Apartments, but says it used to look a lot different.

"These fields were filled with baseball, kickball, we did a lot out here and just over the summer we had camp and everything with the children," Miller said.

Leamon Lang lives just down the street and says unfortunately this sort of thing is happening more frequently.

"Another one just got shot, that's how you feel, it just goes on over, but there's something that can be done about it," Lang said.

Miller says kids are not supervised and do not have anything to do.

"They have to have something to do because if they don't they are going to find something to do, find something to get into," Miller said.

Lang, Miller and others in the community agree, accidents like this could be avoided.

"A lot of carelessness, we are supposed to be looking over our children, we got to make sure that they are kept safe," Miller said.

Just moments before talking to News 12 some kids walking by asked her to pray for them.

"For them to stop and ask it's got to be hurting because because they grew up right there, some of them know those children, they laugh they play every day together, they're kind of scared," Miller said.

Many believe it's a good neighborhood, but they feel left behind.

"It's not like it's a helpless case, just nobody cares, locking them up isn't going to do it," Lang said.

Many think these kids just need something to keep them occupied; sports, after school programs, someone who cares.


Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

7:07
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County Investigators have completed the initial investigation of this afternoon's accidental shooting on East Chapman Street.

The sheriff's office ruled the shooting accidental, when a 13-year-old brother accidentally fired a loaded firearm and hit his 12-year-old sister in the abdomen.

She was transported to GRU emergency room where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. She is in stable condition and being held overnight for observation.

Juvenile complaints were completed and the 13-year-old faces offenses of reckless conduct and possession of a pistol or revolver by person under 18. A 15 -year-old also faces possession of a pistol or revolver by person under 18.


Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

3:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accidental shooting that injured a child.

The sheriff's office says the 12-year-old girl was shot in the stomach while her 13-year-old brother was playing with a loaded gun. The girl has been taken to GRU for treatment and is listed in stable condition.

Deputies were called to the scene on the 700 block of East Chapman Street just before 3 this afternoon. No word yet if charges will be filed.

3:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County Deputies on the scene of an accidental shooting on the 700 block of East Chapman St. in Augusta. Dispatch confirms a child was involved in the shooting.

Dispatch says the shooting happened a little before 3 this afternoon. They say one person was injured, and they were no at the hospital. Officials have not released any details on how the shooting happened, the name of the victim, and the age of the child involved.