A 12-year-old girl shot her father then turned the gun on herself after making a pact with a friend to murder their families and run away together, Texas officials said.
For weeks, the girl and her pal had planned the brutal murder plot, which included killing their families and even their pets before driving off together to Georgia, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office said.
Her friend, however, never went through with the plan, authorities said.
Police responded to a residence in Weatherford, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth, around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a shooting.
When they arrived they found the girl lying in the street beside a handgun with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The girl’s father, 38, was inside with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Both were taken to local hospitals by air ambulance. Their current conditions are unclear.
Investigators discovered that after killing her father, the 12-year-old girl planned to drive to pick up her female friend all the way in Lufka, Texas — roughly 230 miles away — before running away.
The girl from Lufka has been charged with criminal conspiracy in the murder plot, police said.
Their motives remain unclear. Police said information on the case would be limited as the suspects are minors.
Officials said the juvenile suspects have not been identified due to their age, and were withholding the identity of the adult victim to protect the children.