Mississippi boy, 9, fatally shoots teen sister in the head over a video game controller, police say

A 9-year-old boy in Mississippi, allegedly shot by his older sister in the head because she would not relinquish the control of a game controller, police say.


A 9-year-old boy fatally shot his 13-year-old sister in the Mississippi river on Saturday afternoon when she refused the hand of more than a video game controller, authorities said.

The victim, Dijonae White, was shot in the back of the head and the bullet was in her brain, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told reporters, according to WLOV-TV.

White was a student at Tupelo High School, the station reported.

Cantrell, who said he has never been a case like this, confirmed late Sunday the girl died of her injuries after she was rushed to Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.


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White’s brother wanted a video game controller in her possession and grabbed a gun when she refused, police said. It remains unclear how the firearm used in the shooting had approached.

The children of the mother was in another room feeding other children lunch at the time of the incident, authorities said.

The sheriff added that the circumstances of the shooting are still being investigated, and that he is not sure what the consequences of the boy’s face at this time, WLOV-TV reported.

Monroe County is located in the north-east of the Mississippi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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