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A 12-year-old girl from Texas shot her father as part of a plot with her friend to murder their families and flee their home, authorities say.
The girl and her friend had been planning the murder plot for weeks, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office said. They allegedly plotted to kill their families and pets before fleeing to Georgia together.
But the girl’s friend never followed through on the plan, according to the sheriff’s office.
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Deputies responded to a shooting at a home in Weatherford, Texas on Tuesday around 11:30 p.m.
The girl was found lying in the street with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a handgun lying beneath her. Her father was found inside the house with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The girl and her father were airlifted to hospital. Their current conditions are unknown.
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The girl appears to have shot her father and fled the scene before shooting herself in the head, investigators said.
She planned to fly to Lufkin, Texas to pick up her friend and then drive to Georgia.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office charged the friend with criminal conspiracy in planning the murder plot, according to the sheriff’s office.
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The girls’ motives remain unclear. Lufkin Police are also investigating the incident.
“Due to the injuries, the age of the minors and the sensitive case, information released regarding this case will be limited,” Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office said it is not identifying the juvenile suspects and will not release the identity of the adult victim in order to protect children.