JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating after a nine-year-old girl was killed in an accidental shooting.
The shooting happened at the Graystone Hills apartment complex on Chadwick Drive on Wednesday, October 12.
Deputy Police Chief Deric Hearn said a mother, two children and a teenager were inside an apartment when the shooting happened.
According to Hearn, nine-year-old Lily Bracey was shot in the neck by another nine-year-old with an unsecured gun.
Bracey was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) for treatment, but she died at the hospital.
Police said Tristan Kimes, 18, was arrested in connection to the case. He was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of a stolen firearm, contributing to the neglect or delinquency of a child, felonious abuse and/or battery of a child.
Bracey was a Jackson Public School District student. The school district released the following statement about her passing.
Our hearts are filled with sadness over the passing of Bates Elementary scholar, Lily Bracey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, classmates, and the school staff. Counseling is being provided to grieving scholars and teachers.Sherwin Johnson, Executive Director of Public Engagement for the Jackson Public School District