CHOWCHILLA, Calif. — Authorities say a child in Central California accidentally shot and killed a young sibling.

Police in Chowchilla reported that the child was shot Wednesday afternoon when a handgun discharged. Authorities provided few details.

They say the child died on the way to a nearby hospital.

Chowchilla is a small community along State Route 99, a 40-minute drive north of Fresno.

Police Chief David Riviere says the death is a tragic reminder that parents should make sure weapons are kept out of reach from young children.

The investigation is ongoing.

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