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12/9/05- Tyler

Police Say The Shooting Of A Teenage Girl Was An Accident

Police say the shooting of the 13-year-old girl in Tyler was an accident. Carmen Sanders is an eighth grader at Hubbard Middle School. She was shot yesterday at a friend's house at the Wyndham Hill Apartments located on South Park Drive. That's near Loop 323 and Troup Highway. Police say the two teenagers were alone inside the apartment when the friend got her father's handgun out of a locked drawer. While the friend was showing the gun, it went off and shot Sanders in the head. Sanders remains in critical condition. Police say the case will be handed over to the Smith County District Attorney's Office. The father in this case, had the gun locked up, which is required by law. We talked to a local gun expert today about other ways to keep guns from accidentally going off.

"Some of the manufacturers include an internal locking system that with just the use of a key you would have the gun disabled," said Rick Cheeks, Manager of Lock and Load Indoor Shooting Range. "You would not be able to use it loaded or unloaded until the key holder was able to insert the key and then make the gun usable." Other locks include cable locks, trigger locks and pad locks. We should also note, the Tyler Police Department has free child safety locks available at the station.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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