HALLSVILLE, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl after her father shot her in what was described in emergency calls as a hunting accident in Hallsville Saturday afternoon.
It happened around 5:15 p.m. at a hunting lease near Young and Hickey Road, according to the sheriff’s office. Callers said the father accidentally shot the girl with a high-powered rifle.
Deputies and EMS units responding to the calls arrived to find the child suffering life-threatening injuries. They requested an EMS care flight, but all emergency helicopters were grounded in the region due to inclement weather. Instead, the 11-year-old was taken by EMS and escorted by the sheriff’s office, Hallsville PD, and Texas DPS to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, where she was pronounced dead.
Once deputies and EMS arrived on the scene, the girl, now identified as Daisy Grace Lynn George, was located and taken a Longview hospital. Authorities had requested a care flight, but all emergency helicopters were grounded in the region due to inclement weather.
Instead, George was taken by EMS and escorted by the sheriff’s office, Hallsville PD, and Texas DPS to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, where she was pronounced dead.
She was a sixth-grade student at Hallsville ISD.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens is also assisting in the investigation, since it involved hunting.
“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,” Harrison County Sheriff Brandon Fletcher said.
Sheriff Fletcher is working with the Hallsville ISD Superintendent to coordinate grief counselors for all faculty and students.
Hallsville Junior High announced Sunday afternoon that in honor of George’s favorite color all staff and students throughout the district at encouraged to wear purple.