Sheriff: Man was clearing gun that killed his daughter

Published: Sep. 1, 2016 at 11:10 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2016 at 3:45 PM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department says the father of two sisters who were shot Thursday night was trying to make his gun "safe" when it went off, hitting himself and his two little girls.

Efforts to save the life of 2-year-old Heaven Miller failed at a local hospital where the she later died. Her 4-year-old sister's injuries were non-life threatening.

Sgt. Brittany Scott said deputies responded around 6:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Meredith Square, which is inside the Meredith Square Townhome apartment complex, to a report of shots fired.

Deputies said preliminary information revealed that as the father was attempting to clear the handgun, he accidentally discharged it, striking him in the hand, and both of his daughters in the upper body.

The mother was in the home at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

Investigators collected evidence and interviewed everyone who was in the home at the time of the shooting.

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