Evangaline Gunter, a 4-year-old girl in Tennessee was killed by a 25-year-old woman during a firearm safety lesson.
Breanna Gayle Devall Runions, 25, was giving this lesson to the little girl when she fatally shot her.
Runions has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of Evangaline Gunter.
The child’s parents, Adam and Josie Gunter, told ABC affiliate WATE that Evangaline had been in temporary custody at a home in Rockwood, which Runions shared with girlfriend Christina Daniels and another child, a 7-year-old girl.
Runions told police that she had taken a 9 mm handgun out of its case, removed the magazine and called Evangaline over to “show her firearm safety.”
She pressed the barrel of the gun against the child’s chest and pulled the trigger, leading to her tragic death.
After the shooting, Runions and her girlfriend drove Evangaline to a nearby Walmart location to meet an ambulance and the vehicle transported the girl to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Evangaline’s mother told WATE that she was experiencing a mixture of “anger, rage, guilt” following her daughter’s death and was blaming herself for Evangaline being in someone else’s care. She said that this was the result of a “court decision” but that she’d expected to regain custody soon.
“I feel like it’s my fault that I let her be there,” Josie Gunter said. “I should have been more attentive.”
What happened to Evangaline Gunter?
- On August 297th 2023, Evangaline Gunter, a 4-year-old girl, was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Evangaline was taken to a hospital after the shooting, where she was pronounced dead.
- Evangaline’s death has been met with shock and sadness in the community. She is described as a sweet and innocent child who loved to play with her friends and family.
- A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Evangaline’s family with funeral expenses.