A 3-year-old girl died Thursday after a shooting incident a family member called a "tragic accident."
David Chambers, uncle to Zuri Chambers, said his family is devastated and in a "blur" in the aftermath of her death. He said his family is still sorting out what happened, but the shooting was completely accidental.
"We really don't know the circumstances – where the gun was or how she got a hold of it," Chambers said. "No parent intentionally leaves things exposed for children."
Authorities are still investigating how Zuri was shot by an unsecured gun inside her family's Lake Worth home, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. She said the investigation into the shooting, which happened just before 5:20 p.m. Thursday on the 1000 block of North O Street, could take weeks.
Once it's over, prosecutors will determine whether any charges should be filed, Barbera said. Under Florida law, gun owners are required to keep their firearms safely secured in a locked box, unless carrying it or keeping it close enough to easily use it.
Chambers said his brother – who has not been named by authorities – is a responsible gun owner, and the two of them were taught gun safety from a young age. He described his brother as a great dad to Zuri and her little sister, saying he worked nights to stay home with his girls during the day.
"My brother is the most wonderful father in the world," Chambers said.
The entire family is struggling to cope with the little girl's death, he said.
"You hear stories like this and it does happen, obviously it happens," Chambers said, "and you think, 'Oh my God, it's so difficult for the family, I can't imagine anyone going through this.' And it always happens to someone else."
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