Boy accidentally shot to death by his sister


Kendall Downing

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. — A weekend with loved ones turned tragic for a family in Jefferson County, Illinois.

Christian Clark, 10, died Saturday after an apparent accidental shooting. Even more heartbreaking, authorities said his sister, Halee Clark, 7, picked up the rifle that somehow discharged.

That round killed her brother.

It all happened off Baseline Road in Dix, Illinois. That's near the Jefferson and Marion County line. The two children were inside their grandfather's recreational vehicle that had been converted into a hunting cabin.

Investigators now want to know why those children were left alone with loaded weapons.

"We know the after effects for the family are going to be forever," said Roger Mulch, Jefferson County sheriff.

Mulch called what happened in rural Dix a tragic accident.

"It will affect her the rest of her life," he said.

Mulch said Christian Clark and his sister Halee were playing inside their grandfather Jason Clark Sr.'s hunting RV back in the woods.

"The grandfather had opened that unit up so the kids could play in it, watch videos, be in the air conditioning. But unfortunately it had weapons and they were loaded. That's how the accident happened,” said Mulch.

Halee got ahold of the .22 rifle and it discharged. Deputies aren’t sure how. They’re considering the shooting accidental but the investigation into the circumstances continues.

“There also comes responsibility for adults. That you still don’t leave a 10-year-old alone with a weapon. They’re supervised,” said Mulch.

Jefferson County State’s Attorney Douglas Hoffman told Local 6 his office is looking into charges against the grandfather of those children but it’s too early in the investigation for that determination.

The charges could include child endangerment, child neglect and unlawful storing of a firearm.

The two children and their grandfather were from Granite City, Illinois, which is near St. Louis. They were visiting the area for the weekend.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department sent the rifle to the crime lab to determine how it discharged. Those results should be back in a few weeks.