A Texas man fatally shot his 11-year-old daughter on Saturday in what appears to have been a hunting accident, officials said.
The child was identified as Daisy Grace Lynn George, a sixth-grader in junior high school in the Hallsville Independent School District, Harrison County Sheriff’s Capt. Tyler Owen said.
Harrison County is in northeastern Texas along the Louisiana border.
The girl’s father, who has not been publicly identified, has not been charged with any crimes, Owen said. The man was hunting when he was unloading a high-powered rifle, which fired and struck his daughter once, Owen said.
Although the investigation is ongoing, Owen said, the shooting appears to have been a tragic accident. “For it to be a father and daughter is just a horrible situation,” he said.
Dispatchers received 911 calls at about 5:15pm on Saturday about a “hunting accident involving an 11-year-old female,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“Further calls determined that a father had accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter.”
Air transportation was requested, the sheriff’s office said, but all emergency helicopters were grounded because of inclement weather.
The critically wounded girl was transported with a police escort to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
Hunting season for white-tailed deer began earlier in November, Owen said.
Sheriff Brandon J. Fletcher said in the statement: “Anytime a young person loses their life, it’s tragic for all involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.”
The sheriff’s office is investigating with the state Parks and Wildlife Department game warden, officials said. Owen said the district attorney will get the case when the investigation is completed and that prosecutors will determine whether the man will be charged.
According to state figures, deaths from hunting accidents are rare but not unheard of. The state Parks and Wildlife Department said in an accident report last year that from 2016 to 2020, 12 people were killed by accident. Another 107 were involved in nonfatal accidents during the same period.