A 5-year-old girl was injured Monday after an accidental shooting in Simpson County, according to Simpson County Sheriff’s Detective Eddie Lawson.

Deputies were called to The Medical Center at Franklin around 4 p.m. Monday, where a 5-year-old girl had pellet wounds on her cheek, chest and hands, Lawson said.

The girl had been at a family friend’s home on 5969 Scottsville Road in Franklin with her father, brother and other adults and children. Everyone was in the garage, and the adults were working on ATVs. The kids were playing around a pool table.

“Apparently, somebody had left a loaded shotgun on a pool table,” Lawson said. “We think maybe one of the children pulled the trigger of the shotgun, completely unintentional.”

The pool table and the items on the table seemed to have absorbed most of the shotgun blast, Lawson said. The girl was the only person injured.

The girl was taken to The Medical Center at Franklin and released the same day, Lawson said.

“We are ruling it as an accidental shooting,” Lawson said. “There’s nothing to indicate there was any criminal intent.”

To prevent such incidents, Lawson advised parents of small children to always be cautious.

“Just be sure to check the area your kids are playing in, even if you’re in someone else’s house,” Lawson said.

According to the National Rifle Association website, three gun safety rules to remember are: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot and always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

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