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Girl's death likely accidental

ALBANY, Ga. -- A mentally-impaired 15-year-old brother probably shot and killed his 13-year-old sister accidentally on Tuesday, a district attorney's investigator said Wednesday.

"It is preliminary, but we think it was an accident," said Greg Blackmon, an investigator with the Dougherty District Attorney's Office. "The gun had an improperly installed lock on it."

The lock on the rifle had been installed backwards in front of the trigger, Blackmon said. It should have been behind the trigger.

Lejuawlard Lunsford was shot in the neck with a 7mm rifle about 7 p.m. in the living room at her family's residence at 2501 S. Jackson St.

Preliminary investigation results indicate the gun was fired by her brother, Thomas Lunsford, 15, Blackmon said.

The parents, Thomas and Weaujel Lunsford, were extremely upset about the death of their daughter, Blackmon said.

"The mother was at the hospital to see her daughter for the last time," Blackmon said. "She was extremely distraught."

Blackmon plans to meet Monday with the Albany Police Department investigator handling the case to make a final determination on whether it was an accidental shooting.

It is unlikely that the District Attorney's Office would prosecute the brother, Blackmon said. District Attorney Greg Edwards could not be reached immediately for comment.

The Albany Police Department, meanwhile, is continuing to offer gun safety classes. Information is available by calling (229) 431-2100.