Joseph Wolters, an off-duty security guard, accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter while practicing drawing his weapon in Oregon City, Oregon, on Sunday (video below).
Wolters was getting ready for his job by holstering and un-holstering a loaded gun, when he accidentally fired his gun, shooting a bullet through a house wall and into the face of 9-year-old Shayla Shonneker, who was playing outside.
Shonneker was airlifted to the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Wolters is currently a member of the U.S. Military Reserve and was awarded medals while serving in Iraq, reports KPTV-TV.
John Wetten Elementary School, where Shonneker was a student, called its crisis-response team on Monday to help students and adults deal with the tragedy, which none of them witnessed.
“Many people on our staff were highly impacted by the news because of the close relationships they establish with the students,” Gladstone School District Superintendent Bob Stewart told The Oregonian. “We have made counselors available for anyone who wants to talk this over.”