Login

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.

He knows right from wrong at age 9.

2

You have to understand that this has nothing to do with his age but his skin color. If he were a nine year old white kid he would be behind bar plain and simple. I’ve seen this play out time and time again in my lifetime. We don’t want riots in the streets do we.
I hunted with my own .22 rifle when I was eight years old. Kids know that guns kill at that age, how stupid to think otherwise!

Gun safety HAS to be taught if you are going to have guns in the house, otherwise you are an irresponsible gun owner and really don't deserve to own a firearm. You also have to actively parent and monitor what your children have access to in your home. We desperately need to let children experience real consequences for the actions and bad choices, so that they learn from their mistakes. Too many kids today do not experience parents parenting, but parents trying to be their friend or make sure they never get their feeling hurt or face disappointment. We have to get back to parenting and letting children learn life lessons such as; that there are winners and losers so not everyone gets a trophy, they are going to have to wait their turn so they no longer have instant gratification, they have to be actively taught and redirected not put in front of a monitor for babysiting, and they have to see the real effects of a gunshot not the make believe that they see on TV and video games. From a toddler to an adult, my children and now my grandchildren have never touched a firearm in the home unless it was to be handled with supervision to be taken to use for target practice or hunting. When older, they were able to pack up a firearm without supervision, but by that time they were well trained, and knew what an animal looked like after being shot and talked to about how much damage it would do to a human being and how wrong it is to harm someone or to take their life unless it was in self-defense. I learned this and passed it on to my kids who are passing it on to theirs. Please, if you own firearms, don't lock them away like some big secret. Teach your children what their purpose is and how to use and respect them...along with a healthy respect for human life.

Yes, this kid knew that gun would kill his sister. That said, kids today are so badly messed up. As someone else asked, where was the dad?? Why was the gin loaded? Why wasn't it locked up? Lots of questions that require answers!

1

Pure evil. I don't give a rat's tail what anyone says. A 9 year old understands a gun will hurt/kill someone.

I agree with everything you said, but still think if there are kids present, guns should be locked away when there isn't DIRECT adult supervision. They don't have the judgment and control fully developed yet.

I was raised with guns everywhere in our home. A couple I had complete access to and yes they were loaded. BUT my dad taught all five of us kids about guns; the dangers and damage. Not to mention he instilled the fear of God himself if we ever even looked at guns for too long, much less touched them. Granted it was a completely different time back then. But to decide if a nine year old child knew what he was doing based on a very brief article is ridiculous. Nobody here knows this child or his parents. I firmly believe that if you are going to have a gun in your home with children, locked up or not, this child(ren) need to go to a gun range, see, feel and hear them and what they can do. It is the parents responsibility to ensure beyond a shadow of a doubt that their children understand these are not toys, they are real, they are lethal and there will be hell to pay if they touch them unsupervised. So for me, I blame the parents.

1

There are a lot of kids who have no concept of death. They sit around playing video games killing the opponent and guess what. The opponent shows up again after a brief time.
Generally a .25 cal. looks like a toy. Doesn't look like it can do any real damage. Without properly teaching the kids today what a real gun can do, even a BB gun, these types of incidents will occur.
I'm really curious who's .25 cal. pistol it was and where it was being kept.

1

Well according to the location and the names. At least two persons won't be collecting public assistance.

Stories