Freer Girl, 5, Dies in Pellet Air Rifle Shooting

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    Relative, 10, allegedly fired fatal shot.

    Police in Freer say a 5-year-old girl died after accidentally being struck by a pellet fired from an air rifle.

    Police say a 10-year-old male relative of the victim allegedly fired the shot.

    Police Chief Roy Salazar says Sarah Salinas died Wednesday after being shot in the chest. She was pronounced dead at a hospital in Alice.

    Investigator Ric Ortiz with the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office says the cause of death is a pellet wound penetrating the chest.

    Child Protective Services has been notified.

    Freer is 80 miles west of Corpus Christi.