Police told the outlet that the brother, whose name has not been released, fired the gun in anger after a weapons deal at the family home went wrong. The 13-year-old has reportedly been charged with felony muder, and a 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting.
Kyra Scott was rushed to the hospital by family members where she died from her injuries, CNN reported.
CNN: Kyra Scott Killed By Brother’s ‘Ghost Gun’
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told reporters Friday that Scott’s 13-year-old brother was making and selling “ghost guns” — untraceable firearms without serial numbers or a paper trail — from the family’s home in Douglasville, some 20 miles west of Atlanta.
Investigators believe that on Nov. 27, two individuals arrived at the Scotts’ Douglasville home to purchase one the teen’s guns. But the pair allegedly robbed the 13-year-old and left without paying for the weapon.
Police said that the boy fired a gun — believed to be another homemade creation — at the alleged thieves as they fled. Krya Scott was struck in the crossfire, according to CNN.
“According to the investigation, he was shooting at the folks that took his weapon,” Sheriff Tim Pounds told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But instead, he shot his sister. And it’s so sad his sister’s death happened.”
The sheriff’s office said in a press release that Kyra’s family quickly set out for the hospital in the family car. They stopped at a gas station en route and were met by first responders as the child’s condition apparently deteriorated.
“Her brother was yelling, saying ‘don’t die, don’t die,” Jaquan Straugh, a witness, told the WSB-TV.
The local outlet reported that the 14-year-old died in the parking lot, though the sheriff’s office said she was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
Kyra Scott’s 13-year-old brother was charged with felony murder, CNN reported Friday. Nineteen-year-old Yusef Jabryil McArthur El, allegedly one of the thieves, also faces a murder charge and one count of robbery. Authorities said they are still searching for the third individual involved in the gun deal.
More charges may be in store, pending the result of the still-ongoing police investigation, District Attorney Dalia Racine said Wednesday.
Reports: Brother Was Buying Gun Parts Online
According to the Journal-Constitution, investigators believe Scott’s brother was buying gun parts on the internet, assembling them into working firearms at home, and selling them illicitly to other youths.
“A 13-year-old kid, doesn’t weigh but about 80 pounds, was able to make a weapon from start to finish,” Sheriff Pounds told the newspaper. “At 13 years old.”
Police said they’re still trying to figure out how long the boy was manufacturing “ghost guns” and how many he might have sold before his arrest. CNN reported that prosecutors are eyeing weapons charges against the child.
“There’s no serial number, you can’t trace that gun,” Pounds told the cable network. “It’s real critical, and it’s a bad thing for law enforcement all over the world. You can order everything you need to make that gun off of the internet and make it — and it will fire.”
Family in Mourning
On a GoFundMe set up two days after her death, Scott’s family wrote that the 14-year-old “was the kindest little girl you would’ve ever met.”
The page, set up to assist in paying for funeral costs, has raised about $17,000 of its $25,000 goal as of Friday. The description claims that Scott was “murdered during an attempted home robbery.”
“She had the biggest heart and always wanted to be around her family,” wrote her big sister. “I never thought I would lose my sister to gun violence.”