Prosecutor calls weekend shooting death in Effingham “accident”

EFFINGHAM COUNTY — An Effingham County prosecutor is calling the weekend shooting death of a 16-year-old girl and accident, saying it was unintentional.

Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler said a juvenile court proceeding has been initiated for one of the two boys arrested after 16-year-old Kaylee Jacob was shot Sunday evening in the 3200 block of South Banker Street in Effingham.

Kibler said he could not discuss specifics of a juvenile case, but noted that authorities were proceeding as if it stemmed from an unintentional shooting.

Jacob, an Effingham High School junior, was pronounced dead at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital early Sunday evening.
Police had been called to the shooting scene at 6:15 p.m. According to police, the gun involved in the shooting had been reported as stolen.