DETAILS of how a six-year-old girl shot and killed herself allegedly with her father's firearm surfaced yesterday.
Neighbours told Sowetan that her parents were not at home at the time of the incident. She was with two older siblings.
Police said the girl found the gun under her parents' bed. She shot herself once in the chest and died at the scene.
A neighbour who did not want to be named said yesterday: "There are three children in the house. The eldest, a boy, is about 17. The other boy is 12 or 13. They were playing outside and the little girl went inside the house. A few minutes later, the 17-year-old followed her."
He said the two boys immediately left the house and ran to the police station. "They did not scream or call neighbours for help, they just ran to the police station. We did not know what was going on until we saw the policemen at the house.
"When we enquired, the police told us that the girl had shot herself," said the neighbour.
He said the family moved into the area about a year ago. "They are very private people. We do not know much about them. But they love going to church."
The girl's father Edward Ngobeni said: "It is the family's wish that the story must not be published. My wife and I had a discussion and what happened is tragic. We are busy with funeral arrangements right now. We will bury her in Limpopo."
Police spokesperson Captain Agnes Huma said the little girl's body would be released as the postmortem had already been done, although the results will only be available later.
"We are still waiting for a postmortem report. I cannot say when it will be available. The family can come and get the body at the mortuary any time.
"Statements have been taken from people who were at the house when the incident happened. The docket has also been taken to the prosecutor for further instruction on what else has to be done," Huma said.