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A 40-year-old woman working at an environmental monitoring station in Shaoyang, southern China’s Hunan Province, died after being shot by her coworkers who were playing around with an air gun in their office last Friday.
The deceased woman, whose name has been withheld, was shot in the neck, according to The Paper as translated by Shanghaiist. Her two coworkers who accidentally shot her as well as the owner of the gun have been detained by the authorities.
“When my sister went to work at 8 am, her coworkers were playing with the gun, two of them killed my sister,” the woman’s brother told reporters, adding that she never had any problems getting along with her colleagues.
Heartbreaking footage of the woman’s family members crying over her remains at the hospital where she was presumably rushed. The woman leaves behind a 17-year-old son.
China is very strict when it comes to firearm laws — even if the guns is fake. Those caught with a real gun or replica can get into serious trouble with the authorities.
In 2016, an 18-year-old man from Fujian Province was arrested after ordering 24 toy guns from a website based in Taiwan back in 2014. He was sentenced to life in prison for purchasing the toy guns.
Smuggling arms in China can reportedly land an offender a minimum of seven years in prison, while serious offenders can get life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Featured Image via The Paper