Three-Year-Old Girl Shot Herself After Mistaking Gun for Wii Gun
Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan, Three Years Old, Shot Herself After Mistaking Loaded Gun For Wii Gun Controller
A three-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed herself with a loaded .380 calibre pistol after police say she mistook it for Wii shaped gun controller. The Telegraph has a photo the Wii controller beside the gun.
It was her stepfather's gun, lying on the table, in the family's living room, and police think that she picked it up after wanting to play with the Wii. Her stepfather, Douglas Cronberger is the gun's owner and he had left it on the table after going outside the night before to investigate what he thought was someone on his property. He had gone to bed, but Cheyenne's mother and her baby brother were nearby.
It is not known at this point if any charges will be filed in the case, but Terry Ashe the sheriff of Wilson County in Norene Tennessee, when comparing the items stated:
"You can see by the comparison of the toy weapon and the real weapon that there's little chance a three-year-old would differentiate between the two.
He said it could be a warning for parents to properly store and lock up their firearms as accidents can happen at any time. Game console devices are made to look very similar to real items and young children cannot tell the difference between the two in some case. As the picture demonstrates, the Wii controller looks very similar to a real gun and tragic accidents like this need to be avoided. It could also be a warning for game console companies to not focus so much on realism in their devices.