Instagram Live Video Shows 12-Year-Old Fatally Shoot Cousin, Then Herself

A 12-year-old girl shot herself and her 14-year-old cousin while streaming on Instagram Live in what their family is calling a "freak accident" on Friday.

The shooting occurred while the two children—12-year-old Paris Harvey and 14-year-old Kuaron Harvey—were gathered at a family birthday party in downtown St. Louis early Friday morning, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The two children were filming a video together in a bathroom during he party, while playing with the gun. The gun was accidentally set off, striking Kuaron Harvey, the newspaper reported.

The video then reportedly showed Paris Harvey reaching for the gun when it again went off and hit her. Both of the children were fatally shot in the head, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Their grandmother, Susan Dyson, told the newspaper that the children were not arguing at the time and that she believes they did not mean for the gun to go off.

"They were playing with the gun when they shouldn't have been," she said. "Of course, they shouldn't have been doing it. I think it just went off. It went off by mistake."

Police have not released the results of the investigation, and it's unclear whether anybody will be charged for the shooting. Police initially listed the incident as a murder-suicide. But the children's family say that's incorrect.

"It was no murder. It wasn't a suicide," Paris's mother Shinise Harvey told the newspaper. "It was a freak accident. It happened."

She initially did not plan to let the children attend the party, but gave in after they begged her to go. She had not seen the video, but other family member had described it to her, she told the newspaper. She said the two were trying to "be too hip."

GoFundMe pages to help pay for funeral expenses had been created by family members for both children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents that if they must keep guns in the home, they should always be unloaded, locked and in a place where children cannot access them. Ammunition should be placed in a separate spot.

On January 30, a 14-year-old boy and two of his friends in Vero Beach, Florida, were playing with a gun. It went off, striking the boy, who died of his injuries. They did not know the gun was loaded at the time, and police decided to not charge anyone, calling it a "terrible and tragic accident."

In February, a 10-year-old boy from Georgia died after he was shot in the head with a pellet gun. His friend, 17-year-old Jamarius Wall, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Newsweek reached out to the St. Louis Police Department for comment Sunday evening. This story will be updated with any response.

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A 12-year-old girl in St. Louis shot herself and her 14-year-old cousin while streaming on Instagram Live in what their family is calling a “freak accident” on Friday. Above, police tape is seen in Missouri in March 2015. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images