(WICHITA, Kan.)—The man accused in the death of an 8-year-old girl spent Tuesday afternoon in court for his preliminary hearing. 24-year-old Zachary Gaston is charged with first degree murder for the death of Kimbra Moore. Moore was struck by a bullet while slept in her bed.
In September, police say Gaston shot at a car in the parking lot of a mobile home park in the 3000 block of south Broadway. Two of those bullets went through the walls of two homes.
One of the bullets struck the 8-year-old, killing her while she slept. Wichita police officer Justin McCluskey arrived on the scene to investigate that morning. That's when he and Moore's mom found her in bed.
"When she first turned on the light I noticed 3 children were sleeping in a trundle bed. I also observed the bullet hole below the window. I was able to see the bullet had come through the window. She stepped around the bed towards the window and I looked to the children and I saw Kimbra laying on the bed with a puddle of blood near her head," McCluskey said.
The second bullet hit Kimberly McDonough and grazed her head. She testified about her experience. "I heard my husband scream get down get down get down. And I felt a burning sensation, I started bleeding. And I said oh my god I've been shot. My daughter ran over and said no, no mom," said Kimberly McDonough.
After hearing from witness, the judge decided there's enough evidence for Gaston to go to trial.