Case opened in tragic accidental shooting

2012-05-18 22:10

Johannesburg - A case of culpable homicide has been opened after a Centurion man accidentally shot his daughter when their house was broken into on Friday, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said no arrests had been made and police were investigating the incident.

The man was awoken by a commotion at his house on Glover Street on Friday morning.

He went upstairs to fetch his firearm when he heard commotion near the door, said Dlamini.

He fired a shot which hit his 8-year-old daughter in the head.

"She was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where she died," said Dlamini.

Jannie Raadt, the principal of the school the girl attended, told eNews that she was a smart child. The Grade 2 girl was in his office on Wednesday showing him how well she was doing in class, he said.

The school had told her classmates and their parents on Friday morning what had happened.

Earlier, Beeld newspaper reported that the father had heard dogs bark, went downstairs to investigate and spotted a robber in the house.

He ran back up to his bedroom, slammed the door and took his firearm from the safe. At that stage, his daughter had woken up and wanted to go into her parent's bedroom.

When she turned the door knob, her father thought it was one of the intruders and fired a shot.

He opened the door and found her lying there.

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