Jerry Scott, special agent in charge of the GBI office in Calhoun, said Saturday the shooting appears to have been accidental. The GBI is assisting the Whitfield County sheriff with the investigation.
Scott says the fatal shooting Friday night appears to have been a "tragic accident." The girl was riding in the back of a pickup truck with her siblings and other children when she was shot. Scott says it appears that one of the girl's siblings was playing with a handgun when she was shot. Their parents were in the cab of the truck.
The GBI has not released the girl's name.