JASPER, Mo. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy fatally shot a 12-year-old girl outside a house in a rural southwest Missouri, the county sheriff said Friday.
Officers tried to revive the girl, Teresa J. Potts, but she died Thursday evening in front of a foster home near the town of Jasper, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser said. Jasper is about 130 miles south of Kansas City.
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 he will be charged in the shooting Friday. The shooting was first reported by Joplin Globe.
“It was not a situation where they were playing. It does not appear to be a situation where it was an accident,” he said.
It was not clear if either of the children was a resident at the 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.
Rebecca Woelfel, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services, did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The sheriff said investigators believe the gun used in the shooting came from the home, but he would not talk about the weapon or how many times the girl was shot.
“There was more than one weapon missing at the time of search. All of those weapons have been recovered,” he said.
This is the latest in a recent string of fatal shootings of children by children.
Earlier this week, an 11-year-old boy was charged with murder in the shooting death of an 8-year-old neighbor in a dispute over a puppy in White Pine, Tennessee. In St. Louis, an 11-year-old boy fatally shot a 16-year-old intruder in his home this summer. In Arizona last month, a boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old was cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school. He is among the youngest homicide suspects in the U.S.
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.