There are still many questions left unanswered after an 11-year-old girl was fatally shot after returning home from her first day of the new school year, News Channel 5 reports.
According to the Hendersonville (Tenn.) Police Department, the shooting happened at around 3:20 p.m. Monday at 11-year-old Timea Batts’ home.
Initially, officers were told that the girl was shot after getting off a school bus, and that the injured girl had walked home to tell her father, Timothy Batts, that she had been shot.
Authorities say the child’s father drove her to Henderson Medical Center, and she was then transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, according to The Tennessean.
However, police are saying there is evidence that the crime happened inside the family’s home, where five people lived.
It is still not exactly clear how or why Timea shot, according to the news station. Police confirmed that she died of her injuries later Monday evening.
Timothy BattsSumner County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office
The Tennessean reports that Timothy Batts, 29, is now facing charges of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and possessing a firearm as a felon.
According to News Channel 5, he was being held on $1 million bond.
“Our entire school district is grieved to learn of the tragic loss of one of our sixth-grade students, Timea Lashay Batts,” Jeremy Johnson, a spokesperson for Sumner County (Tenn.) Schools, said in a statement. “Timea was a bright and kind girl who was well loved by her classmates and teachers.”