Police Investigate Deadly Shooting in Clinton County

By: News 10
By: News 10

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that left a 13-year-old girl dead.

Deputies were called to the home in 9200 block of Woodworth Road in Ovid Township just after 4pm Saturday for the report of a shooting.

Deputies say 13-year-old Paige McGinnis was dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say the victim's 14-year-old brother, Dillan McGinnis, was handling a shotgun in the home that discharged, striking his sister in the head.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday and the investigation remains open pending those results.

Grief counselors for the Ovid Elsie School District were made available to students as they returned to class at Ovid Elsie Middle School and EE Knight Elementary School in Elsie on Monday.


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  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 8, 2013 at 06:31 AM
    There are several guns on my back porch (unloaded), anyone of my teenage children can pick one up and use it as a tool. Yes a tool, to shoot varmits in the barn, rabbit hunting, home defense. These are deadly tools, just as a vehicle, farm implements and many farm tools are. Terrible accident, nothing more said!
  • by Shannon Location: Location on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM
    Angela, both parents are in the military and both were fulfilling military duties that weekend, thus leaving their teenage children home.
  • by Saddened Location: Lansing on Feb 5, 2013 at 05:46 AM
    This is a very tragic accident. The parents don't need to be called stupid for leaving guns out. They are going through enough regret at this time. It's not the parents fault and it's not the guns fault. The boy should not have touched the gun without his parents being there. And lets all remember GUNS don't kill people, people kill people! Guns are objects like knives, rocks, cars, they cannot hurt or kill without the help of a PERSON! I am sad for this boy and family to have to live with this. The only way to prevent these things is to be responsible with firearms!!!
  • by JML Location: Lansing on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM
    A lock or a safe compared to a life. You don't have to be anti gun or pro gun to know a firearm should be FRIGGING LOCKED MORON.
  • by Amanda Location: Risner on Feb 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM
    This is so tragic. I am praying for everybody!!
  • by memevin@yahoo.com on Feb 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM
    Why oh why do these stupid people leave guns where their children or friends of their children can find them. This is such a needless death. God bless the family and especially the brother who has to live with this for the rest of his life.
  • by Susan Location: Owosso on Feb 4, 2013 at 09:43 AM
    I have a thousand questions in my head right now. I know if I say that a 14-year-old boy shouldn't have been handling a gun, the gun rights advocates will jump down my throat. I know if I say Oh well, must have been a tragic accident, the anti-gun people will jump down my throat. But seriously, is it hunting season? I honestly don't know much about that... so WHY was he handling a loaded gun so near other people? My heart weeps for the girl, her entire family, and her friends. Won't this madness ever end? I have no solution.
  • by E Location: Portland on Feb 4, 2013 at 09:31 AM
    My heart goes out to the family. But mostly to the poor brother. Something he will have to live with forever. Hurts to hear that another gun has claimed another young life.
  • by angela Location: adrian on Feb 4, 2013 at 09:09 AM
    what a tragic,sad story and so close to home........feel sorry for the 14 yr old and the fact that he has to deal with the loss of his sister and the fact that he accidently did this.....not judging but where is the parents for the 13 and 14 yr olds....who was suppose to be watching them so a gun wouldnt be accessable.......
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