13-year-old boy 'deliberately' shoots and kills girl

13-year-old boy 'deliberately' shoots and kills girl
Published: 2015 October 10 09:45:44 (9835 Views)
A 13-year-old boy appears to have deliberately shot and killed a 12-year-old girl outside a home in rural southwest Missouri with a gun that came from the house, the local sheriff said Friday.

Officers tried to revive the girl, Teresa J. Potts, but she died Thursday evening near the town of Jasper in front of a foster home, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser said.

The boy was arrested without incident and is being held by the Jasper County Juvenile Office, Kaiser said at a news conference in nearby Carthage, adding that the boy will be charged in the shooting later on Friday. The sheriff's comments were first reported by The Joplin Globe.

"It was not a situation where they were playing. It does not appear to be a situation where it was an accident," Kaiser said.



It was not clear if either of the children was a resident at the foster home. An adult was home at the time of the shooting, Kaiser said. He declined to describe the relationship between the adult and the teenagers.

The boy and girl were both students in the Jasper School District. A crisis team was available to help students on Friday, Superintendent Rick Stark said in a statement.

"We are all upset and still in shock right now," said Stark, who added no further information would be released.

This is the latest in a string of fatal shootings of children by children.

The Brady Campaign Center and Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said Friday that 2,703 children and teens were shot to death in 2011, its latest year for statistics, and 61 percent of those deaths were homicides.



Source - NYDN

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