PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl who was shot on Saturday in Pickens.
According to a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies responded to a home on Shady Grove Road on Saturday and learned that 11-year-old Kylee Dawn Woods had been taken to AnMed in a personal vehicle after an apparent accidental shooting.
During their investigation, detectives learned that several family members were target practicing at the home with multiple weapons.
According to the release, a family member was attempting to unload a .40 caliber handgun when the weapon accidentally discharged and hit the girl who was standing nearby.
According to the incident report, the child’s father was unloading the firearm when it went off.
Woods was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The weapon that discharged was turned over to deputies at the scene.
“All information obtained in the investigation thus far does not indicate any obvious signs of foul play,” according to the release. “It appears that this is just a very tragic accident.”
The coroner’s office is assisting the sheriff’s office in the investigation.
“The prayers of the entire sheriff’s office are with this family and I hope that people will respect their need for privacy as they deal with this tragedy,” Sheriff Clark said.
Kylee was a sixth grader at Dacusville Middle School where students and staff are mourning the sixth grader’s tragic loss.
In a message to parents, Dacusville Middle School Principal Wanda Thorpe wrote, “Kylee was a sweet young lady and will be missed by her friends and her teachers. Kylee always had a smile on her face and was willing to help those around her. Her kindness will never be forgotten…”
The SC Bear Hunter and Houndsmen Association said in a Facebook post that an account has been opened at Wells Fargo and donations can be made to the Kylee Dawn Woods Memorial Fund.
According to the post, donations can be made starting Nov. 19 at any Wells Fargo location.
A benefit hunt will be held on Dec. 7. The association will coordinate with the Greenville County Coon Club and the event will be hosted at their facility at 345 Pleasant Retreat Road in Travelers Rest.