AUTAUGA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office received a call around noon Sunday that a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot herself on Laurel Hills Drive.
“Anytime a child is hurt, injured or killed it’s hard on my deputies," said Sheriff Joe Sedinger.
The sheriff identified the child as Alyssa Davis. Davis was airlifted to Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham where she died a few hours after the shooting.
“We know it was a tragic accident so we’re still investigating and still trying to figure out exactly what happened," Sedinger said.
Sedinger said the gun used in the shooting was a pistol.
Not far from the family home, Davis attended Pine Level Elementary School. School leaders assigned counselors to any student who wanted to remember their friend. Alyssa was said to be a beautiful, loving and caring little girl who loved her stuff animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.
Although the tragedy has cut a young life short, good has already been born from the pain. The family says some of Alyssa’s major organs are being donated so others may live.