LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gun experts say the recent accidental shooting of a 6-year-old Indiana girl could have easily been prevented.  

Indiana State Police say 6-year-old Makayla Bowling died after she was accidentally shot in the head in Washington County.

According to a news release, the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call around 10:30 p.m. Friday. A caller stated the child had been shot in the head in an accidental shooting.

Officers responded to a home on South PD Baker Road near Salem. Bowling was taken by air ambulance to Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, where she died.

Police say Bowling's father was cleaning a handgun inside the home and believed it was unloaded.

Barry Laws, CEO of OpenRange in Crestwood, said the entire incident could have easily been prevented.

“No. 1 rule is keep the gun pointed in a safe direction,” Laws said. “Second is keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot. The third is make sure it's unloaded until you're ready to use it.”

Laws and others hope it can open the eyes of all gun owners.

“It drives us crazy, and it hurts too,” Laws said. “It's preventable. That's the thing. It's so preventable.”

 It’s unclear at this point as to whether the father will face any criminal charges.

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