An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed his next door neighbor, an 8-year-old girl, over an argument about a puppy Saturday, police said.
The young killer, a fifth grade student at White Pine Elementary School, used his father’s 12-gauge shotgun to fire at Maykayla Dyer from inside his home around 7:30 p.m., WRIBreported.
The little girl, a third-grader at the same school, was hit the chest and died in a hospital, police said.
Neighbors said the senseless shooting was sparked by the girl innocently declining to let the boy play with her dog.
“Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no…and that was it,” neighbor Chasity Arwood told WRIB.
Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. “Bud” McCoig told the Daily News the shooting is one of the saddest crime he has handled in 34 years of law enforcement.