Gun dropped in family's house kills Paulding County child - CBS46 News

Gun dropped in family's house kills Paulding County child

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victim: Sharai Lynch victim: Sharai Lynch

An 8-year-old girl has died and her mother remains in the hospital following an accidental shooting inside a home in Paulding County. 

Police responded to a home in the 400 block of Fairview Drive outside Dallas at about 5 p.m. Saturday evening.

A handgun fired unexpectedly when it was dropped inside the house.

The 45-year-old mother, Marsha Lynch, told deputies the bullet went through her leg, then hit her 8-year-old daughter, Sharai Lynch, in head.

The child was transported to WellStar Paulding Hospital where she died Sunday. The child's mother was taken to Floyd Hospital in Rome for surgery.

The girl's two older sisters and one other adult were in the house at the time of the shooting. They were not injured.

Neighbors said all three girls in the family go to Ragsdale Elementary School in Rockmart.

Authorities did not release any further description of their understanding about what may have happened, including how the gun fell and who dropped it.

They are waiting for the mother to be released from the hospital to question her further.

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