08/25/2015 04:21 EDT | Updated 08/25/2015 06:59 EDT

Grande Cache Child Killed In Accidental Shooting

Two children were handling a gun when it accidentally fired.

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GRANDE CACHE, Alta. — There was no word Tuesday on whether charges will be laid after a gun being handled by two children accidentally fired and killed one of them in northwestern Alberta.

"It is very tragic,'' RCMP Sgt. Josee Valiquette said in Edmonton.

"There was an accidental discharge in a residence south of Grande Cache at a rural acreage area. One of the children was very seriously injured and transported to local hospital and later on sent via STARS to Edmonton.

"The child has since died.''

Emergency responders were called to the home Monday morning. Officials told CTV Edmonton that there was no information as to where the parents were.

Valiquette couldn't say if the dead child was a boy or a girl. She said the youngsters were between six and 12 years old.

"We're not looking for any suspects. It involved two children,'' she said.

"This matter is under investigation and I won't speculate on whether there will be charges or not on this matter.''

Valiquette said the circumstances are difficult for everyone involved: family, friends and police officers.

"First and foremost it is the people involved, the families who are touched by this,'' she said. "Our officers are trained to be able to deal with this sort of situation and then later on can seek assistance.''

Grande Cache is about 435 kilometres west of Edmonton.


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