A 12-year-old Texas girl allegedly shot her father before turning the gun on herself as part of a “murder plot” she made with another young girl to kill their families.
The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday night, September 20, at a home in Weatherford, in northwest Parker County, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene, where they found the 12-year-old girl lying in the street with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun underneath her, the sheriff’s office said.
The girl’s 38-year-old father was found inside the family’s home with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.
Both victims were taken to local hospitals by air ambulance. Their conditions were not known Monday morning, September 26.
“Sheriff’s investigators said the juvenile is believed to have shot her father, fled the scene, and later shot herself,” the sheriff’s office said in the release
Authorities believe the shootings were part of a plot planned by the young girl and a friend to kill their families.
“The juvenile suspect had planned for several weeks to murder her family and pets and had been in contact with another juvenile female from Lufkin, TX, regarding the murder plot,” the Parker County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“The other juvenile female had also planned to murder her father, but did not go through with the plan.”
The girl who actually tried to carry out the plan was supposed to drive and pick up the second girl, as part of the murder plot. The girls were planning on running away together to Georgia, the sheriff’s office said.
The second young girl, who did not follow through with the plan, has since been charged with criminal conspiracy in the planning of the murder plot.
Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said the investigation is ongoing.
“Due to the injuries, the age of the juveniles and the sensitive case matter, information released regarding this case will be limited,” Sheriff Authier said.