LaFollette PD: 9-year-old girl accidentally shot by brother dies

Published: Aug. 8, 2018 at 8:03 PM EDT
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At around 8 p.m., the Campbell County Dispatch confirmed that officials with the LaFollette Police Department were responding to a reported shooting in the area. According to the police department, a 9-year-old girl was pronounced dead at around 10 p.m. following the shooting.

At about 9 p.m., the police department released information on the shooting. According to a spokesperson with the department, officials arrived on the scene of an accidental shooting in front of Little Caesars Pizza on Jacksboro Pike at about 6:44 p.m.

Police said that the 9-year-old girl was sitting in a vehicle outside of the pizza place when she was accidentally shot by her 10-year-old brother.

She was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar for a gunshot wound to the head, but was later pronounced dead.

Two witnesses to the incident were being interviewed as of about 9 p.m., the spokesperson said. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. Tomorrow, police said they will be "conferring with the Campbell County District Attorney's Office" about the incident. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Campbell County Grand Jury on September 12.

The victim was an upcoming fourth grade student at Jacksboro Elementary School. Campbell County will begin class tomorrow, and school officials said grief counselors will be available on campus for students.

“Our heartfelt sympathy is with the family and sibling at this time," said Steven Sampieri, Jacksboro Elementary Principal. "Nothing can prepare you for the death of a child and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are trying to go on as normal for the first day of school and stay as positive as possible, but the kids and staff are upset. We will be there for any grieving and support they may need.”

The Little Caesars employee said the restaurant was closed for the rest of the night.