ST. LOUIS • A 20-year-old man with mental disabilities apparently accidentally shot and killed his 15-year-old sister Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, police say.
The man told police he didn’t know the gun was real, according to authorities.
St. Louis Police Lt. John Green said that the man and his family moved into a home in the 4600 block of San Francisco Avenue a few days ago, and that the man had found a shotgun — spray-painted gold — hidden behind a dresser. The gun belonged to a friend of the family and was there when the family moved in, Green said. The shooter’s mother told police she had tried to hide the shotgun.
Authorities identified the victim as Alicia Anderson. Several relatives at the scene Thursday declined comment.
Alicia died of a shotgun blast to the head, police said. Police took her brother into custody. Green said he didn’t know what the suspect’s disabilities were and that police would consult with prosecutors over whether to file charges.
Neighbor Jasmine Davis, 24, said she was sitting on her porch when she saw a distraught man who said his girlfriend had been shot inside the home. Davis called police. She said police handcuffed the girl’s brother and sat him down on the curb near the home. “I didn’t know it was a real gun,” he repeated several times as he sat, according to Davis and her cousin Quiana Johnson, 33.