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A 12-year-old Galveston girl is dead after she was accidental shot inside her home, said police.
It happened around 8:45 on Sunday morning on the 3500 block of Avenue N 1/2.
Police say the girl was home alone with two of her sisters. The three were playing with their mother's pistol when it went off and hit the girl in the chest.
When police arrived at the home, they found 12-year-old Juanita Martin unresponsive. She was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital were she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
A makeshift memorial of stuffed animals and flowers grew outside the child's home as news of the shooting spread throughout the neighborhood.
"It's very hurtful because I was in shock when it happened. I had just gotten off work when they told me what had happened and I was like what," said Alma Parson.
Galveston police believe Martin was accidentally shot by her 16-year-old sister.
So far no charges have been filed against the teen or the children's mother. Galveston police are still investigating.