Deputies: Teen girl dies after accidentally shooting herself

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl has died after accidentally shooting herself.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office tells local media that the girl was taking pictures with a rifle in Newton on Sunday afternoon when the gun fired and hit her in the chest.

The girl was transported to a hospital and died before she could be flown to a Charlotte hospital. As of late Sunday night, police had not released the name of the girl.

Deputies say a 21-year-old acquaintance of the victim was meeting a man to potentially sell the .22 caliber rifle.

No charges have been filed. A report will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.

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