Mother Says Daughter's Death Could Have Been Prevented

Gaston, SC (WLTX) - A 7-year-old girl was killed and a 5-year-old boy was injured Saturday night when another 5-year-old boy accidentally discharged a rifle at a birthday party in Gaston.

The mother of the victim, Pricilla Sally, has identified the girl as Juliet Lynch.

"They took somebody from me that was so precious. That little girl came in my room, always slept with her momma, she loved me and I loved her," said Salley.

This past Saturday Salley took her children to a birthday party not far from her house.

She never imaged that would be the last time her daughter Juliet would enjoy a party.

"All of a sudden I heard a gunshot and her dad ran around the house and he said Juliet!"

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says a five-year-old boy's mother gave him permission to get his toy gun out of the trunk of her boyfriend's car -- not knowing there was a loaded gun inside as well.

"When he was fooling around trying to get his toy gun out, he accidently pulled the trigger of the real gun while it was in the trunk," said Metts.

The fragments hit Juliet in the chest and another 5-year-old boy in the arm.

"I just don't understand why someone would bring a gun to a kid's party, why would you let a kid go to the trunk if you knew there was a gun there, why? I cannot blame the child, but I do blame the adult that did have that gun and they need to keep these guns off these streets, especially away from these kids, because my kids are going through so much right now," said Salley.

Sheriff Metts says the gun should not have been loaded and says a gun lock could have been used.

He believes there are multiple people at fault for this incident.

"The mother should've been aware that the gun was in the trunk of the car and she should've supervised the little boy going and getting his gun. She probably should've gotten it for him," said Metts.

As Salley prepares to say goodbye to Juliet this weekend, she has one message for her daughter.

"Momma loves you and I always will, she will always be right here," said Salley.

The funeral will be Saturday at 1PM at the Gibson Cemetery in West Columbia.


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