Texas father fatally shoots 11-year-old daughter while hunting

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A Texas man shot and killed his 11-year-old daughter Saturday in an apparent hunting accident, officials said.

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Captain Tyler Owen of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said the deceased child was identified as Daisy Grace Lynn George, a sixth grade student in junior high in the Hallsville Independent School District.

Harrison County is in northeastern Texas along the Louisiana border.

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Owen said the girl’s father has not been identified and has not been charged with any crime. Owen said the father was hunting when he was unloading a high-powered rifle that once shot and killed his daughter.

“To be a father and daughter for this, is just a terrible situation,” Owen said. Although the investigation is ongoing, Owen said, the shooting appears to be a tragic accident.

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The sheriff’s office said in a statement that dispatchers began receiving 911 calls about “a hunting accident involving an 11-year-old woman” around 5:15 p.m. Saturday. “Further calls determined that a father had accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter.”

Although air transport was requested, according to the Sheriff’s Office, all emergency helicopters were stopped due to bad weather. The seriously injured girl was taken to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview with a police escort, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

Owen said the hunting season for white-tailed deer began in November.

Harrison County Sheriff Brandon J. Fletcher said in the statement: “Whenever a young man loses his life, it is sad for all involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this difficult time.”

Officials said the sheriff’s office is investigating with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden. Owen said that when the investigation is complete, the district attorney will receive the case and prosecutors will determine whether the girl’s father will be charged.

Officials for the Hollesville Independent School District could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Granthshala Affiliate KETK In Jacksonville, Texas, reported that Hallsville Junior High announced Sunday afternoon that all staff and students throughout the district are encouraged to wear purple, in honor of Daisy’s favorite color.

Owen said the sheriff’s office is working with the school district to provide grief counselors.

A GoFundMe account collected more than $8,800 from 138 charities as of Monday afternoon, with the goal of raising $10,000 to help pay for Daisy’s funeral expenses.

“On November 27, God found an angel whose time was too short,” the account states.

“Through a hunting accident we lost a very special little girl. She was always a clown trying to lift everyone’s spirits. She loved to get her heart out. Daisy from the outside Loved being surrounded. Always down for an adventure big or small. Please help us comfort this little girl. Thanks so much for any help.”

According to state statistics, deaths from hunting accidents are rare but not unheard of. Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife in 2020 accident report Said that between 2016 and 2020, 12 people died accidentally. Another 107 were involved in non-fatal accidents during the same period, the report said.

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