An 11-year-old boy reportedly shot dead his eight-year-old neighbor because she would not let him see her puppy, according to witnesses.
Latasha Dyer reportedly said her daughter McKayla was playing outside their home in White Pine, Tennessee on Saturday evening when the neighbor asked her through an open window if he could see her puppy. When she said no, the boy shot her, Dyer told WATE.
Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig said the boy used his dad's 12-gauge shotgun to kill McKayla from inside his home, the Associated Press reported.
Deputies who were called to the scene found the little girl on the ground with a chest wound. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was arrested on first-degree murder charges.
Dyer said of her daughter: "She was a precious little girl, she was a mommy’s girl, no matter how bad of a mood you were in she could always make you smile."
She reportedly added that the boy had previously picked on her daughter but it stopped when she contacted their school principal.