Woman shoots 4-year-old point-blank in the chest — claims she was teaching the child ‘firearm safety’

A four-year-old girl in Tennessee is dead after a woman who was watching her shot her point-blank in the chest., HuffPost reported.

Breanna Gayle Devall Runions, 25, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. The deceased child’s name is Evangaline Gunter.

In an interview with a local news outlet, the child’s parents, Adam and Josie Gunter, said their daughter was in temporary custody at a home which Runions shared with her girlfriend Christina Daniels and another 7-year-old girl.

According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrest warrant obtained by HuffPost, Runions told police that she had taken a 9 mm handgun out of its case, removed the magazine and called Evangaline over to “show her firearm safety.”

Runions pressed the barrel of the gun against the child’s chest and pulled the trigger, police said she told them.

Daniels told police that she saw Runions take out the gun, remove its magazine and put it to Evangaline’s chest, but she turned away and didn’t see her pull the trigger, according to the warrant.

The 7-year-old girl told authorities that she saw Runions shoot Evangaline and said the bullet struck a glass bottle, sending shards her way, according to the warrant.

Before the shooting, Evangaline and the older girl were being punished that morning by Runions for not waking up the women and for eating Daniels’ food without permission …

Read the full report over at HuffPost.

Sky Palma

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