A 3-year-old girl has accidentally shot and killed herself after allegedly mistaking a loaded pistol for a Wii controller.
The girl’s stepfather reportedly he went out to investigate what he thought to be a trespasser on his Tennessee property, taking with him his semi-automatic pistol. Another version of events has him going out to scare away dogs.
When he returned, he claims he left the loaded gun on a living room table. His step-daughter is said to have subsequently mistook the weapon for a Wii controller and accidentally shot herself in the abdomen. The wound proved fatal and she was pronounced dead at hospital.
Media reports stress that “the game’s controller was shaped like a gun that looked very similar to the real handgun.”
Police are said to be investigating but have not filed any charges as a result of the incident.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this case is how easily mentioning video games in conjunction with a child’s death apparently deflects all media attention away from the stepfather’s decision to leave a loaded pistol within reach of an unsupervised 3-year-old child.