In a hunting trip incident in Texas, a father accidently kills his 11-year-old daughter.
According to police, a Texas dad fatally shot his 11-year-old daughter Saturday in what looks to have been a hunting accident.
Daisy Grace Lynn George, a sixth-grader in junior high school in the Hallsville Independent School District, was recognized as the youngster, Harrison County Sheriff's Capt. Tyler Owen said.
Harrison County is located in northeastern Texas, bordering Louisiana.
Owen said the girl's father, who has not been identified publicly, has not been charged with any offenses. The man was hunting when he unloaded a high-powered rifle, Owen said. The firearm fired and wounded his daughter once.
While the investigation is underway, Owen believes the shooting was a terrible accident. "For it to be a father-daughter relationship is just a horrific circumstance," he remarked.
Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls regarding a "hunting accident involving an 11-year-old female" at approximately 5:15 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office stated in a statement. "Additional calls revealed that a father had shot his 11-year-old daughter inadvertently."
The sheriff's office stated that air transportation was sought, but all emergency helicopters were grounded due to severe weather. Officials stated the critically injured girl was escorted by police to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, where she was pronounced dead.
The white-tailed deer hunting season began earlier in November, Owen added.
Sheriff Brandon J. Fletcher stated in a statement, "Any time a young person dies, it is devastating for everyone concerned." During this trying time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends."
Officials stated the sheriff's office is conducting an investigation alongside the state Parks and Wildlife Department's game warden. Owen stated that once the investigation is complete, the district attorney will get the case and prosecutors will determine whether the man will face charges.
Hallsville Independent School District officials could not be reached for comment Monday.
According to Tyler's NBC affiliate KETK, Hallsville Junior High School notified Sunday afternoon that all staff members and students throughout the district are urged to wear purple in honor of Daisy's favorite color.
Owen stated that the sheriff's office is coordinating the provision of grief counselors with the school system.
As of Monday afternoon, a GoFundMe account established to assist with Daisy's funeral expenses had raised more than $8,800 of its $10,000 target through 138 donations.
"On November 27, God received an angel whose time had been cut short," according to the narrative.
"We lost a really lovely little girl in a hunting accident. She was constantly cracking jokes and attempting to boost everyone's spirits. She delighted in exposing her heart. Daisy adored being outside. Always up for an adventure, no matter how tiny. Please assist us in putting this small child to sleep. We appreciate any assistance."