Child killed in target shooting accident near Wickenburg

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MORRISTOWN, Ariz. --  A 4-year-old girl was shot in the head shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday near Morristown. The girl was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix where she was pronounced dead. 

Jeff Sprong of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said details from their investigation suggest that two families were target shooting in a remote area of the desert Saturday morning.

An 8-year-old child was shooting at targets with a .22-caliber rifle while being supervised by her father. While the 8-year-old was shooting, the 4-year-old ran in front of the rifle at the moment the gun fired and was struck in the head. The 8-year-old is the sister of the victim.

The incident occurred in a remote area of the desert that is sometimes used as a shooting range. Morristown is a rural community approximately 60 miles northwest of Phoenix and 10 miles southeast of Wickenburg.

The names of the families involved have not been released at this time.