Woman accidentally shoots sister in face while filming video

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A teenage girl is on life support "with no expectancy of survival” after she was accidentally shot in the face by her older sister.

The siblings were in a car with two friends in the US state of Florida on Sunday night (local time) when the shooting occurred.

Taniyria Holt, 24, told detectives they were filming themselves on their phones inside the car while passing a 9mm handgun back and forth, that was owned by another woman in the car.

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Taniyria Holt appeared emotional in bond court on Tuesday morning (local time) after her bond was raised to $10,000. Source: Fox13

Holt said she racked the firearm and saw a bullet fall out. Assuming that the gun was unloaded, she handed it to her sister, 18-year-old Dre’Naya Ponder, who was sitting in the backseat.

While passing the weapon, the gun fired, accidentally shooting Ms Ponder in the face.

According to the arrest report, one of the phones was also struck by the bullet as it hit the victim.

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Holt, of Atlanta, could be charged with manslaughter if her sister dies. Source: Miami-Dade Corrections

Holt waived her right to remain silent and confessed to the accident after police initially believed her sister’s injuries were self-inflicted, The Grio reported.

She has been charged with culpable negligence that inflicts personal injury and improper exhibition of firearms. The negligence charge could be upgraded to manslaughter if Ms Ponder dies.

An arrest report says the sister remains on life support "with no expectancy of survival”.

Judge Gerald Hubbart raised Holt’s bond from US$2000 to US$10,000. Jail records did not list an attorney.

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