A girl shot in Yellowstone has been identified by authorities after the 3-year-old tragically killed herself with a handgun on Saturday. ABC News reports Sept. 9 that authorities have identified the toddler as Ella Marie Tucker from Pocatello, Idaho.
Park officials said the shooting remains under investigation. Parents of the girl were not named and details surrounding how she got the gun were not released. It was previously reported that the girl's mother called park officials for help after she shot herself with the handgun. The incident happened at Grant Village Campground. It is located on the western shore of Yellowstone Lake. Efforts to resuscitate the girl shot in Yellowstone were not successful.
Chicago Tribune reports that the toddler shot herself with her father's pistol.
News of this shooting is reportedly the first shooting death in Yellowstone since 1978. Two other shooting deaths occurred at Yellowstone that year.
In 2010, a federal law was put into effect that carrying a gun in a national park was legal.
Investigators have not revealed if they thought the girl shot in Yellowstone was accidental or deliberate. It would seem that a child of that tender age would not intentionally mean to harm themselves with a real gun.