Argument over a puppy ends with a child’s death

Deputies found the girl on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest

(WBIR) – An 8-year-old girl is dead and her 11-year-old neighbor is facing murder charges after an alleged argument over a puppy turned deadly.

Authorities were called to a home in White Pine, Tennessee around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of a shooting.

Deputies found the girl on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest. She was taken to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Bud McCoig said the young girl’s next-door neighbor, a fifth grader at White Pine Elementary School, used his father’s 12-gauge single-shot shotgun to shoot and kill the girl from inside his house. The victim was in second grade at the same school.

Officials have not released the name of the shooter or the victim, but neighbors identified the victim as Maykayla Dyer.

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