A 9-year-old autistic girl fatally shot her 7-year-old brother at the family's Arkansas apartment while their parents were signing paperwork at a leasing office, police said Tuesday.
The girl initially told authorities two men entered their Little Rock apartment on Monday and shot her brother, but police didn't find any signs of forced entry and nothing in the apartment was missing, according to a Little Rock police report.
The children's father told officers that his daughter has high-functioning autism. He said she "often told stories, and he did not believe that the apartment had been entered by anyone," police wrote in the report.
Little Rock Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis said later conversations with the girl led investigators to believe she was responsible for the shooting. Davis declined to discuss details of the conversations or whether the girl had been tested for residue left behind when a gun is fired.
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