Ashland teen dies after reported accidental shooting, KBI investigating

Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 7:31 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 6, 2020 at 10:18 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2020: The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of an Ashland teen. The 13-year-old girl died from her injuries after being shot. Earlier Friday, the Ashland school district reported the teen died from injuries in an accident that happened at a home where other students were present.

A little after 3 p.m. Friday, the KBI reports the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call requesting assistance after a girl was shot. Upon arrival, deputies found the wounded teen. She was transported to a local hospital where she died.

The KBI said the shooting happened while the girl was at a friend’s house with four other juveniles. The investigation is ongoing.

Update 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2020: The Ashland school district sent a tweet directed at Wichita media outlets Friday night, clarifying that a student’s death was from an accident that did not happen at school. The school district said there were four students at a house when the accident happened.

Ashland schools were not in session Friday.

In a statement shared Friday on its Facebook page, the Ashland school district confirmed that a student died from injuries in what the district only described as “an incident involving several students.”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating what happened but did not disclose how the girl died. Ashland did not have school on Friday.

“The KBI was requested shortly before 4 p.m. (Friday) to assist the Clark County Sheriff’s Office with the death investigation of a female subject in Ashland,” a statement from the agency said. “KBI agents and the crime scene response team responded.”

The district’s statement said the high school would be open Friday evening for students, staff and families to gather.

“We will have counseling support available for anyone who needs it during this difficult time,” the district said. “We send our prayers to the families and students involved.”

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