ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities said Monday a 12-year-old boy is who shot and killed an 11-year-old last Friday in Estill Springs.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office told News 2 victim Sienna Owens and the alleged shooter both went to North Middle School.
Both Sienna and the alleged shooter were in 6th grade. They were friends, as were their families.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said the two were at the boy’s home with four other students inside his family’s garage when the shooting happened.
Fuller would not disclose who the gun belonged to, where it was, how the boy got his hands on it, or what kind of weapon it was, but he did say only one shot was fired.
It hit Sienna in the back. She was taken to a nearby hospital and later died.
All of the investigation details will be handed over to District Attorney Mike Taylor to determine if charges will be filed and whether the shooting was accidental, intentional or neglectful.
Authorities are waiting on results of ballistics testing.
If charges are filed, he does not anticipate them until after the first of the year.
Sheriff Fuller said both children come from good families and the 12-year-old boy is not doing well at all.
A pink bow and flowers adorned Sienna’s locker on Monday, and students are writing letters for her parents.
“Just reading those letters is really very touching and tells a true story of what a beautiful young lady she was,” said Stanley Bean, her principal.
Two counselors are at the school to help the children deal with their grief.
Visitation for Owens will be held at Moore Cortner Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Moore Cortner Funeral Home, and burial services will be conducted at Franklin Memorial Gardens.
There will be a memorial service at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at North Middle School for 6th graders who can’t attend the funeral. There will be a balloon release afterward.