ST. LOUIS (KPLR/KTVI/CNN) - A mother grieved the loss of her 15-year-old daughter, shot Thursday. Police say it was all an accident.
The girl's 20-year-old brother, who is mentally challenged, was playing with the gun when it went off.
Neighbors saw the brother as he was taken away by police.
"... When he came out, his hands were bloody. They put him on the ground, and he was, like, that he didn't knew that this was going to happen," Jasmine Davis said. "He thought the gun was a toy, and he didn't think his sister was going to get shot by it."
Besides his diminished mental abilities, police say there's another reason the brother may have thought the gun was a toy.
"He had made a statement he didn't think the gun was real; it's spray-painted gold," Homicide Commander Lt. John Green said.
Detectives say the mother knew the gun was in the home and did what she could to prevent any danger to her family.
"She apparently thought she hid the gun well enough that nobody would find it until she was able to properly dispose of the weapon," Davis said.