12-year-old Texas girl who shot father before shooting herself in head planned to kill entire family, deputies say

Girl and her father both survived the shooting and were airlifted to local hospitals

Police tape at a crime scene. (WDIV)

WEATHERFORD, Texas – A 12-year-old shot her father in the abdomen before turning the gun on herself after planning to kill her entire family, according to Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier.

The incident occurred Tuesday evening around 11:30 p.m. in a residence in Weatherford, located in northwest Parker County, roughly 40 minutes west of Fort Worth.

“Sheriff’s deputies were called to a shooting and located a 12-year-old female lying in the street with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head,” according to a press release. “A handgun was located lying underneath the juvenile suspect.”

The girl’s father, 38, was found inside the family’s home with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Investigators said the girl is believed to have shot her father before turning the gun on herself.

Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division members said that the girl “had planned for several weeks to murder her family and pets and had been in contact with another juvenile female from Lufkin regarding the murder plot.”

The other juvenile in Lufkin also planned to murder her father, but did not go through with it, investigators said.

The pair planned for the Weatherford juvenile to drive to Lufkin, pick up the second juvenile suspect and run away together to Georgia.

Both the girl and her father were airlifted to local hospitals following the shootings. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators have charged the Lufkin juvenile with criminal conspiracy in the planning of the murder plot. Details regarding charges for the Weatherford girl were not immediately available.

“Due to the injuries, the age of the juveniles and the sensitive case matter, information released regarding this case will be limited,” said Authier.

Lufkin Police are also investigating the incident.


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