A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, teen died after a family member accidentally shot her with a gun. The gun was reportedly thought to be unloaded at the time of the incident.
Kaitlyn Pullam, 17, was taken off life support on Christmas Eve and she died on Dec. 26, KFVS reported. She was originally shot on Dec. 21. A bullet hit the teen after the gun inadvertently went off. Her father reportedly thought that the gun was unloaded at the time, according to police.
Witnesses told police that Pullam was killed after a family member attempted to unload a rifle and it accidentally went off, going through a wall and hitting Pullam.
When authorities arrived at the home, they found Pullam unresponsive in her bedroom. She did not have a pulse when she was found. The teen was rushed to the hospital, where she regained a pulse.
She was placed in a coma and on life support until Christmas eve.
“They just greatly appreciate everything that people have done,” the family’s pastor, David Stewart, told KFVS.
“They've been surprised by the number of people who've wanted to be involved and connecting," he added. "They've been overwhelmed by the amount and outpouring of generosity."
The family reportedly plans to donate Pullam’s organs.