9-Year-Old Boy Shoots His Sister In Head Over Video Game Dispute

A nine-year-old boy shot and killed his older sister when she wouldn't give up the video game remote on Saturday.

Aberdeen, MS – A nine-year-old Monroe County boy fatally shot his older sister in a dispute over a video game controller on Saturday.

Dijonae White, 13, wouldn’t give up the video remote so he got a gun, according to WTVA.

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said White’s brother shot his older sister in the back of the head with a .25 caliber handgun, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Sheriff Cantrell said the bullet went through the 13-year-old girl’s brain.

She was rushed to Le Bonheur's Children's Hospital in Memphis but doctors were not able to save her. The girl died at about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, the Clarion Ledger reported.

Authorities have said they do not know how the little brother got his hands on the gun he used to shoot his sister, KTAR reported.

Their mother was in another room feeding additional children at the time of the shooting, WTVA reported.

Police said they’re not sure the boy knew the ramifications of shooting a weapon.

"He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV," Sheriff Cantrell said. "I don't know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy."

The sheriff said his department would take their time with the investigation, and wouldn’t say whether the little boy was still in custody.

"This is all new ground for us, we've never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9," Sheriff Cantrell told the Clarion Ledger. "We don't know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly.

"That’s why I’m not too fast to say anything because there are juveniles involved. We want to do what’s right and we’re going to get it right,” Sheriff Cantrell said.

White was a student at Tupelo Middle School, WTVA reported.

Do you think that a 9-year-old child understands the ramifications of shooting somebody? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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Mpafr012
Mpafr012

No a 9year old has know idea what would happen. All he knows is what he sees in video games and such.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Kids emulate what they see......a lot of violent videos don't show real pain or real death. Time to change that industry or PARENTS monitor what the kids watch and LOCK UP GUNS. This was a tragedy that didn't need to happen.

Rving
Rving

Probably not...Question is where are the “adults” in the room.

FedUpViewer
FedUpViewer

The story says the mother was in another room feeding other kids. Didn't you even read the story?

Hannibal
Hannibal

Is it appropriate to discuss the subject of death with a small child? Will it ruin their childhood innocence? Will it cause depression and anxiety to discover their mortality too early? Is it better to sugar coat reality until their mind is developed enough to grasp and deal with it? If we do discuss it, what is the impact on them? Death brings many other questions to the forefront, such as religion. Adults often take a lifetime and are still undecided. This question is a loaded question. Everything we do as parents has a significant impact on our child's future. That said, the answer to the question "Does a 9 year old child understand the ramifications of shooting someone" is; there is no way to know unless you could crawl inside that kids head. Personally I sincerely doubt a child of 9 has a brain developed and experienced enough to be capable of comprehending the finality of death. This was an impulse action. Children at this age grapple with impulse control. Some adults never master impulse control little own think of repercussions or "causality". Especially when emotions run high. My take is the risk outweighs the rewards, we should for safety sake have this conversation. Parents should discuss death whenever it comes up and try to engage with a healthy conversation about it. Let the child lead the conversation. This is why having pets that children bond with is important. When that animal dies the child starts to think and learn on their own. Being a parent is a huge responsibility. We try to monitor what our kids are exposed to but in this time violence is everywhere, they are desensitized. Good luck and god bless.