The small town of Poolville, Texas, was rocked by a tragic incident that took place on September 20, 2022. (dailymail.co.uk) Emma Brown, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, shot her father, Daniel Brown, 38, in the abdomen before turning the gun on herself. Emma died two days later in the hospital. The incident was part of a pre-planned murder-pact with another 12-year-old girl from Lufkin, Texas. The two girls had plotted to kill their entire families and pets, but it is unclear how they met.
Exclusive pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show Emma and her father smiling as they posed with a rifle and handguns together before the horror incident. Emma’s father, who survived the shooting, has an FFL license, which means he is legally able to store and sell firearms at the family home.
The second girl, who has not been identified, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The Parker County District Attorney’s office confirmed that the allegations were fully prosecuted with a final disposition of the case occurring on March 14, 2023. (dailymail.co.uk) However, the sentence handed to the girl remains unknown due to Texas state law protecting the identity of juveniles charged with a crime.
It remains unclear why the girls wanted to kill their families and run away. The incident is a reminder to parents to know who their children are friends with, whether that’s in the classroom, social media apps, Snapchat, TikTok, and gaming platforms.
The tragedy has left the small town of Poolville in shock. A source told DailyMail.com: ‘It’s an awful tragedy. Her parents didn’t know anything about the other girl, they still don’t.’ Emma’s father was released from the hospital shortly after the incident and is expected to make a full recovery according to authorities.
The family home appeared to have installed a gate at the front of the property, with a ‘No Trespassing’ sign put up shortly after the tragedy. The Peaster Elementary, where Emma was a pupil, did not respond to a request for comment by DailyMail.com.
The incident is a stark reminder of the importance of gun safety and mental health awareness. It is a tragedy that could have been prevented if the girls had received the help they needed. The community of Poolville is mourning the loss of Emma and praying for the recovery of her father.