A girl shot in Yellowstone has died. The 3-year-old girl was shot by a bullet from her father's handgun over the weekend. On Sept. 9, The Chicago Tribune reported that this was the first fatal shooting at the national park since 1978. While details are sparse at best, it sounds as though the young girl got a hold of her dad's gun and accidentally shot herself.
"Little information was released by authorities about the toddler's death since her mother called emergency dispatchers on Saturday to report that her daughter had shot herself at the Grant Village campground on the shores of Yellowstone Lake," The Chicago Tribune reported.
The girl shot in Yellowstone was camping with her family when the shooting occurred. There is still a full investigation going on and the young child's family has chosen not to release the name of their daughter. They are obviously devastated and likely still reeling from the incident.
While visitors are allowed to carry guns while visiting the park, shooting a gun and/or hunting wildlife is prohibited. The bill allowing guns on property was signed by Barack Obama in 2009. There was a lot of debate surrounding this decision but carrying a gun is now allowed in the area.
The girl shot in Yellowstone could stir up old debate surrounding the gun laws at national parks.
© Effie Orfanides 2013