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UPDATE: Funeral Set for 10-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Killed

By: WSAZ News Staff, Rahel Solomon Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Rahel Solomon Email

UPDATE 12/30/13 @ 1 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The funeral for a 10-year-old girl, accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old boy, is today (Monday.).

Payton McKenzie-Bea Thomas died after being accidentally shot while she and the boy were target practicing with a shotgun.

The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 22, on Pentacre Road near Quick.

Payton was shot in the arm and chest.

She went into emergency surgery, but didn't make it through the night.

She was a third grader at Ruffner Elementary.

Visitation is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, December 30, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home on 6th Avenue in St. Albans. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m.



UPDATE 12/23/13 @ 10:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother whose 10-year-old daughter was accidentally shot to death by a 9-year-old boy believes adults should be held responsible.

Lindsay Thomas tells WSAZ.com that her daughter, Payton, died Sunday night after injuries from a gunshot.

According to Kanawha County deputies, Payton Thomas and a 9-year-old friend were playing along Pentacre Road near Quick on Sunday evening. Police believe the boy accidentally shot Thomas, though they are investigating to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.

Thomas tells WSAZ.com that Payton and the boy had many play dates before this incident happened, but only at the boy's mother’s home. Sunday was the first time Payton went to the boy's grandfather's home.

"They should be held responsible for not putting up a gun and making sure it was safe and secure for both of them children,” Thomas said. ”It's indescribable that I wasn't leaving that hospital with my baby."

Deputies have not released the name of the other child involved.



UPDATE 12/23/13 @ 8:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Finding joy this Christmas will be extremely tough for two families in Kanawha County.

Two children and a gun became a recipe for devastation when one of the kids accidentally shot the other.

Payton Thomas, 10, was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery, but didn't make it through the night. She was a third-grader at Ruffner Elementary.

On Monday night, Payton's mother released her daughter's name to WSAZ.com.

At the apartment building where Payton lived, there’s an empty playground and heavy hearts.

“It’s shocking to hear that it happened,” Steven Edie, a neighbor, said. “She was a very polite little girl.”

Lynette Stumbo, another neighbor, had a similar sentiment.

“As soon as she got off the bus, she was so full of life,” Stumbo said. “She'd just take off running to her bike to hurry up and be able to play with the other kids.”

That’s just what she was doing along Pentacre Road near Quick on Sunday evening. Deputies say she and a 9-year-old boy were playing with a shotgun when the boy accidentally shot her in the arm.

As a mother herself, Stumbo is already thinking of ways to protect her 2-year old from something similar.

“My father, he's really big into hunting and stuff like that, but he keeps them all locked up in a safe,” Stumbo said. “I just don't understand how this happened.”

But rather than focusing on Payton's death, Stumbo is choosing to remember her life.

“Even if it was like five degrees out here, she'd be out here with her little hat and toboggan on and her gloves on -- just riding around like it was summertime. She was so cute all the time. All the kids loved to play with her,” she said.

Even though it was an accident, the shooting remains under investigation.

It's still not completely clear whether there were any adults around and exactly how the children got the gun.

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UPDATE 12/23/13 @ 7:30 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 10-year-old girl accidentally shot by a 9-year-old friend has died overnight.

The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 3800 block of Pentacre Road near Quick, W.Va.

Sheriff's deputies say the girl and the 9-year old were target practicing with a .410-gauge shotgun near a creek when the shooting happened.

The girl was shot in the arm and chest. She was taken by private vehicle until a responding ambulance met them along the route. Once at CAMC General she underwent surgery

The name of the little girl has not been released at this time.

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UPDATE: 12/22/13 @ 9:25 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A ten-year-old girl accidentally shot during target practice is now undergoing surgery.

It happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Pentacre Road near Quick, W.Va.

Sheriff's deputies say the girl and a nine-year-old boy were target practicing with a shotgun near a creek when the shooting happened.

The girl's arm and chest were injured. She was taken to CAMC General where she was taken into surgery.

There's no word on her name or condition at this time.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 12/22/13 @ 6:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A young girl has been accidentally shot in the arm and is now being taken to the hospital.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say it happened Sunday evening in the Pentacre community near Quick, W.Va.

Deputies say two children under the age of 12 were target practicing when the shooting happened.

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