Girl, 13, Is Shot in Head by Brother

A 13-year-old Rowland Heights girl was in extremely critical condition Thursday after her 14-year-old brother apparently shot her in the head by accident, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, when the siblings were in a room of their home in the 3000 block of Blandford Drive, said Benita Nichol, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

The boy was playing with a handgun when the weapon accidentally discharged the bullet that pierced the girl's head, Nichol said. "Detectives believe the shooting was accidental," Nichol said.

The girl was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. The names of the victim and her brother were not released.

The parents, who were in another room of the house when the shooting occurred, told detectives the gun did not belong to either one of them. Deputies were trying to trace the gun's owner and find out how the boy got the weapon.

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