NIOTA (WATE) – A McMinn County teen is dead following an accidental shooting, Saturday night.

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy says the incident occurred when a gun, the victim’s brother was holding, discharged.

According to investigators, a 17-year-old female was at home with her 13-year-old brother. The sister was sitting across the room as her brother was attempting to unload a .223 rifle when the rifle discharged. She was struck once. 911 dispatchers attempted to assist the 13 year old with CPR, but the 17-year old was pronounced dead at the scene when responders arrived.

“It was very tragic, and our prayers go out to the family,” said Sheriff Guy.

The investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed at this time and names are not yet being released.