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7-year-old girl remains hospitalized after accidental shooting in Roanoke County

Police have not released the extent of her injuries

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – A 7-year-old girl is still in a hospital receiving treatment from a gunshot wound that Roanoke County police say was an accident.

Police say there are no charges or arrests in this case and have not said if they expect charges to be filed in the future, but they're still interviewing people.

Police have not released the extent of the 7-year-old girl's injuries, but say she is still at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

10 News reporter Tommy Lopez went to the area where police say the shooting happened on Bradshaw Road, which runs parallel to Interstate 81, about 10 miles north.

A woman approached the 10 News crew and said that family members have no comment right now on what happened or how the little girl is doing.

Working to keep your family safe, 10 News spoke to gun experts about what you need to know to be as safe as possible with guns in your home.

The owners of SafeSide Tactical in Roanoke shared with us their No. 1 tip -- using a gun lock.

They also advise gun owners to not keep guns loaded. They also said that it's just not enough to put a gun in a shoebox under your bed.

"It's one thing to own a gun, but it's another thing to take care of it, whether you have it on you or whether you don't. So having a lock as part of your safety is a great piece to include and very important to remember," said Matthew Tyler, the co-owner of SafeSide Tactical. 

Many law enforcement agencies have partnered with Project ChildSafe to provide a free safety kit to families.

Click here to view the complete list of agencies that provide this service.


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