13-year-old girl killed in suspected accidental shooting

UPDATE: A man has been taken into custody after the shooting. Read more here. 

A 13-year-old girl was fatally shot on on Detroit's east side in what police believe to be an accident.

Police are questioning a 14 year old boy about the incident, which happened inside a house in the 1500 block of Lappin, two blocks north of Seven Mile Road.

"It appears as if she lived at the home," said Assistant Detroit Police Chief James White. "She was with other young people, another 14 year old and a couple younger children who were in the house with her."

Police say there were no adults at the house at the time. While at the scene family and other loved ones arrived and became overwhelmed with emotion.

"Serena," yelled one woman outside.

Police attempted to console her and at the same de-escalate the situation between neighbors outside.

"She wasn't supposed to be over here," yelled someone outside.

While police collected evidence and kept the peace, others looked on in disbelief.  

"It's just a tragic situation," White said. "And again, any weapons should be secure. Whether with a gun lock or a gun safe. It's a tragic situation that didn't have to happen."

Police say their priority is finding out what happened - if the shooting was accidental or intentional. 

Investigators are hoping to learn more from the interviews they are conducting tonight. 

There has been no information as to who owned the gun, but police believe that the gun was not brought over by the teens.

In order to avoid tragedies like this, Detroit police offer gun locks for free at any department's station.  
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