An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he killed his 8-year-old neighbour, police said, and witnesses say it was because the girl wouldn’t let him see her puppy.
Police were called to the neighbourhood in White Pine, east of Knoxville, on Saturday night. The boy shot the girl from inside his home with his father’s 12-gauge shotgun, said Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig.
Latasha Dyer told WATE-TV her daughter was playing outside when the next-door neighbour asked to see the puppy. McKayla told the boy “no,” and he shot her, Dyer said. A neighbour, Misty Edwards, said her niece was playing with the girl and saw what happened.
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