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11-year-old girl killed in accidental shooting in Casa Grande

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -

A Casa Grande girl was shot and killed at her home Thursday night in what's being called a tragic accident.

It happened about 8 p.m. Thursday in a rural area of Casa Grande.

11-year-old Joan Plumb was at home with a friend doing some scrapbooking when her 15-year-old brother was showing his new gun to a neighborhood friend, age 11.

Deputies say the brother showed his new .22-caliber rifle to the friend, removed the clip from the gun, set it on the table and exited the room. The friend picked up the gun and was handling it when it accidentally discharged, according to PCSO.

Joan was struck in the head.

Paramedics rushed her to a hospital in Casa Grande. Then she was flown by helicopter for treatment in Phoenix, where she died, just before 11 p.m.

Mike Withrow knows Joan's dad.

"My jaw dropped to the floor, I did not think this would happen to him. He is a church guy, things happen… it is all in God's hands now."

Thursday night's tragedy is just more proof if guns are around, somebody can get shot.

We have talked to a number of people in this area. Everybody is upset, but in the wake of this shooting, the focus is on safety.

"Keep it under lock and key. Don't let children know where they are at," says Hortencia Martinez.

"If you have a gun in the house it needs to be in a gun safe, and with trigger lock and ammo stored in a separate box in a separate place and that solves your problem," says Rick Clinton.

The Pinal County Sheriff's office is still investigating but says the shooting appears to be accidental.

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