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LAPLACE, La. – A 5-year-old girl is dead after shooting herself with her father’s gun.

Police told WDSU that Haley Moore was spending the weekend at her dad’s house with her older siblings.

“The father said he was taking a shower when he heard a gunshot,” said Lt. Greg Baker, with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office. “He got out of the shower, and that’s when he discovered that his daughter had accidentally shot herself.”

Immediately, he called 911.

“The officer pulled up,” said Joy Ursin, a neighbor. “The kids ran out of the house screaming.”

Ursin took the children into her home while paramedics performed CPR on Moore.

The bullet went through her chest and out of her arm.

Moore died at the hospital.

Police say the investigation into the little girl’s death is ongoing, but the girl’s father admitted to leaving his gun on the table when he went to take a shower.

“He’s devastated,” Ursin said.

Five-year-old Haley Moore was spending the weekend at her dad's house. The family was supposed to go see a movie. Instead, St. John the Baptist sheriffs deputies said she found her father's gun.