11-Year-Old Shoots 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy

11-Year-Old Shoots 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy

( 4UMf NEWS ) 11-Year-Old Shoots 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy:

An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed his next door neighbor, an 8-year-old girl, over an argument about a puppy Saturday, police said.

The young killer, a fifth grade student at White Pine Elementary School, used his father’s 12-gauge shotgun to fire at Maykayla Dyer from inside his home around 7:30 p.m., WRIB reported.

The little girl, a third-grader at the same school, was hit the chest and died in a hospital, police said.

Neighbors said the senseless shooting was sparked by the girl innocently declining to let the boy play with her dog.

“Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no...and that was it,” neighbor Chasity Arwood told WRIB.

The shooter, who has not been identified, was charged with first-degree murder in juvenile court, and a judge could decide to send the case to adult court. The boy is one of six children, and his five siblings were at home when the shooting happened. The family is now being investigated by the state Department of Children’s Services.

The girl’s shattered mother, Latasha Dyer, told WATE this wasn’t the first time her daughter had troubles with the boy who would be her killer.

“When we first moved to White Pine, the little boy was bullying Maykayla,” she said. “He was making fun of her, calling her names, just being mean to her. I had to go the principal about him and he quit for a while, and then all of a sudden yesterday he shot her.”