Updated 7 months ago by Josh Breslow
Family members of a Lincoln County man accused of shooting his teenage granddaughter, then turning the gun on himself, say they know the girl was not the intended target.
Police were called Thursday around 6 a.m. to the scene of the shooting on Simpson Road in Crab Orchard. State Police said 18-year-old Monique Brummett was shot in the upper leg by her grandfather, Danny Brummett. According to troopers, Danny Brummett then went to his son's home nearby, where he shot himself in the head. Both gunshot victims were flown to UK Hospital.
Monique Brummett was released from UK Hospital hours after the shooting, according to relatives. In the meantime, Danny Brummett remained in the hospital where family members said he is expected to survive.
"I would've never dreamed that it would have went this far, ever," Monique's uncle and Danny's son, James Brummett told LEX 18. "We looked over at the tree and seen my father sitting there by the tree. There was a gun on the ground. Didn't know exactly what was going on."
"For him to shoot my niece, I know it could not have been intentional," James Brummett said of the incident. "There's no way. He's raised her since she was 3 years old."
"He had taken a couple shots at his wife while she was running behind the home, into the woods," said Sheriff Curt Folger of Lincoln County.
James Brummett said he believes his stepmother was the intended target. Brummett told LEX 18 the two were in the middle of a separation and while Monique and her grandmother were living in the home where the shooting happened, Danny was not allowed to be there as a result of a court order. Brummett said his father is not a violent person and he believes he was "egged on."
"Domestic violence needs to be taken care of before it ever escalates to this point," James Brummett said.
Investigators have said charges are pending against Danny Brummett.