Girl, 10, dies in accidental shooting in Quick
QUICK, W.Va. -- A 10-year-old girl was shot and killed Sunday in Kanawha County in what police say was an accidental shooting involving another child.
A 911 call was made around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, reporting that the girl was accidentally shot while she and a 9-year-old boy were "target practicing" with a shotgun in Quick, according to dispatchers.
The girl received injuries to her chest and arm and underwent surgery at CAMC General Hospital, where she died overnight.
The shooting happened near a creek bank in the 3800 block of Pentacre Road.
The names of the two minors were not released by Monday evening, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is still investigating.
Police confirmed that the two children were not siblings.
Kanawha County sheriff's deputies, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, local firefighters and HealthNet all responded to the scene. A HealthNet helicopter response was canceled when the ambulance was determined to be the fastest mode of transportation.
A resident of Quick who asked not to be identified said the victim was from Mill Creek, Randolph County, and was in town visiting family.
While further details of the case have not been released, Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brian Humphreys said generally in cases like these involving minors, negligence of the parents must be investigated.
The preliminary investigation points to an accidental shooting, Humphreys said, and neglect is typically harder to prove in cases involving a 10-year-old as compared to a toddler.
"At this age, it's pretty much impossible to watch their every move ... they are not inherently careless at this age," Humphreys said. "We're not blaming the parents, but we do urge everyone to make sure that your firearms are secure.
"Store them in a box that only you know the combination to," he said. "They were so young. ... Everyone has learned a hard lesson in safety."
David Grisaber, who works at a convenience store located at the entrance of Pentacre Road, said Monday's conversations among his customers were somber to be so close to Christmas.
"They have just been saying how sad it is. I mean, it's tragic," he said. "It's a shock. It's pretty quiet here."
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