Girl, 18, Dies After Seven Fields Shooting

SEVEN FIELDS  (KDKA) – Police are investigating after an 18-year-old girl was shot and killed in Seven Fields Tuesday night.

According to police, the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 100-block of Woodhaven Road.

The victim has been identified as Courtney Daily, 18, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Police have arrested Eric Rutledge, 18, and have charged him with one count of criminal homicide.

Rutledge said he had been friends with the Daily since a young age and that the shooting was a tragic accident.

The mother of the suspect said that her son could not have possibly hurt someone that he loved very much.

“Upon their arrival, they found Eric Rutledge, who resides at that residence, in the foyer area. Officers located an 18-year-old female, Courtney Daily, in the upstairs bedroom with a gunshot wound to the upper body. She was transported by medical chopper to UPMC Presbyterian where she was pronounced dead at 12:32 this morning,” Cranberry Township Police Sergeant Chuck Mascellino said.

As doctors lost the fight to save her life, Rutledge was accused of murder and was taken to the Butler County Jail.

“He is hysterical. He’s in jail right now. He’s crying. He didn’t mean to do anything like that,” Lillie Rutledge said.

eric rutledge Girl, 18, Dies After Seven Fields Shooting

Erik Rutledge (Photo Credit: KDKA)

The Rutledges had just moved to the area about a month ago from Colorado. Daily was in town to visit.

“Courtney and him have been really close friends, like I said, from the third grade. It wasn’t intentional at all. They were playing around. They were watching a scary movie on [television]. And then they had that rifle and they thought it was – it was just something they were wrestling around with and it went off,” Lillie Rutledge said.

However, court records show that they were both pointing the gun at each other and asking if they could shoot themselves or possibly someone else.

Thinking the gun wasn’t loaded, he pulled the trigger.

“They had no reason to do anything to purposely injure themselves or hurt her. And right now Eric still doesn’t believe that she’s gone,” Lillie Rutledge said.

Police are still investigating if the shooting was just an accident.

Lillie Rutledge said alcohol did play a role in the incident.

Daily was only staying at the home for a brief time as she was on her way to her grandmother’s house to make amends after a life-long disagreement.

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  • Reed

    People, get rid of your stupid guns and save a life. Ridiculous!

    • Linda

      it’s not to guns, its the person handling the GUN! Get real.

    • justin

      guns dont kill people, dumb butts who shouldnt be touching them do

    • jamie rutledge

      You don’t know my brother yes ERIC RUTLEDGE what you ignorant people believing what you see on the new to be true is wrong curse my family and then burn in hell. what we are going threw is mire than anyone should ever have to so all you heartless b****** no no no fax whatsoever stay the f*** outta my family’s business your 2 cents is not needed it’s actual b******* o

  • Jimmy

    Wow.. That’s a scary thought I live only 3 minutes away from there :(

    Sary fact knowing peole anywhere could have a gun, you never know they may be killers too..

    It’s probaly a sex story, they have known eachother for a long time.. Guy likes girl.. Girl doesn’t like guy.. He gets mad and kills her..

  • Brian

    Yeah, everyone get rid of your guns because someone was too stupid to know how to use one safely….

  • Rachel

    I live on this street and I was afraid to leave my house until i heard it might have been accidental. Still scary though. didn’t know what the sirens were all about until my aunt called and said someone got shot on my street

    • Nicole

      I also live on the street and didnt hear or see anything until I saw police lights. Scary that this happened. moved to this area to avoid this kind of stuff.

      • Jason

        “this kind of stuff”?????? like it was a murder?! Two ppl playing with a gun who have not the common sense to know not to point it at another human being. That is what you moved here to get away from? If you’re moving places to avoid accidents, and people with problems… you’re going to see the rest of the world soon enough. As for the rest of you and gun control… have fun with that battle. you just sound dumb. We know it as an accident unless otherwise told. It’s tragic and unfortunate. Just pray for the families, they need it.

  • adfb

    It’s not the gun’s fault. It’s simple common sense. Don’t point a gun at another person. Now this kid has to live with the consequence for the rest of his life.
    I’m tired of people saying “We need tougher gun laws! Get rid of the guns!” Well, a gun sitting in a case won’t shoot anyone just like a knife in a drawer won’t jump out and stab anyone. But you never hear about tougher knife laws or even laws against cars involved in drunk driving accidents. It’s the person behind the wheel causing the grief – just like the person behind the gun.

    • Brian


    • Jim

      Getting rid off guns is against the constitution! people just need to be more aware of the dangers of a gun and just having the safty on is never enough to make it safe.

    • Linda

      totally agreed!

  • Pam

    he has to live with that for the rest of his life .knowing that he shot his friend of 15 yrs by accident.

  • raegen

    adfb….. I agree 100% with what you wrote. Loaded guns in the wrong hands are very dangerous. If you have a license to carry – then have the firearm locked in a secure area. Again adfb I concur.

    Hometownhero – what kind of “smart” comment are you looking for? Sounds like you are looking to make this a race thing. Sad.

    • rob

      Dont pull out the damn race card thats just stupid not everything revolves around racism racism isnt as big these days as it used to be so stop trying to make people feel sorry for you

      • rob

        it is very sad and probably a huge accident best regards to the victims family

  • raegen

    Pam – how you can you be sure at this point that it was an accident? The FAMILY of the girl that died at the hands of an old friend (who obviously can not aim )- intruder or not – the girl was shot to death. That is what the FAMILY of the girl must live with.

  • J

    Wake up people That gun did not kill anybody ! Saying guns kill people is like a fork made Oprah fat . When you have firearms you need to have common sense period.

  • Becky

    The helicopter landed in the field below my house! I still can’t believe this happend in my ‘safe” neighborhood!

  • Missy

    I am disgusted with the headline image for this story. Do we really need to glorify this horrible incident by using an image of shell casing and scope cross hairs with FATAL SHOOTING in caps and a bullet hole tearing through the image? Looks more like a cheap movie poster than a sad true story of someone’s unfortunate death. It is offensive to the family and friends of the young girl – truly poor judgement on KDKA’s part.

    • Linda

      I totally agree. I very poor taste.

    • Tim Shields

      I agree that the news needs to change what they show. Instead of showing croos hairs of a gun sight, can’t you just say a young woman died from a gunshot? And is it just me or does the news ALWAYS rhyme the headlines?
      Also how can a woman’s breast be offensive, but showing a dead body from a shooting or a war os deemed okay by the media? I don;t get it.
      Having stiffer gun laws WILL NOT PREVENT murder.
      If the person or persons want to shoot they will. Trust me on this one .
      My mother was murdered 18 years ago today due to domestic violence. So i have a little insight of what the surviving family members are going thru. While this may be a accidential shooting, the pain from it will go on for a lifetime. TRUST ME!!

  • D

    Does anyone know what house number it was?

    • nicole

      another news station said 100

  • Manor/ Rutledge

    I am a family member of Eric & a friend to the victim & her family.. I am disturbed by some of your comments… It was not a Sex Story what so ever, I am amazed that you would be so rude as to post such a thing. It is a tragedy & it shocks & saddens all of us.

    Btw Missy I agree hopefully soon it will be replaced with a more appropriate picture

  • rip daily

    they say that the 18 year old boy was a criminal in colorodo i wonder how he got this gun more of the story seems to unfold every hour a life for a life is what i say i hope they put him in prison for a long time the rest of his life my heart goes out to the girl and her family

  • expittsburgh

    Another perspective:

    First off, you NEVER aim a gun at anything you’re not willing to have DESTROYED. Second, what does “thinking the safety was on” when you think it’s unloaded? Sounds very fishy. He’s an IDIOT for pointing a gun at someone. That is not an accident, it’s stupidity.

  • voiceofreason

    I find the “intruder” explanation a bit questionable. With the strong winds last evening, a variety of sounds could be heard (branches breaking, garbage cans blowing around, etc). One with reasonable logic could deduce that the unusual “intruder” noise was attributed to the wind.

    It is certainly easy to point a finger at someone while they’re down, but there were some instances of vandalism over the summer. While I’m not accusing Mr. Ruteledge, I wonder how long ago the family moved from CO?

    I am also curious if the family had purchased this home, or if they were leasing. While I am sure there are many great residents that live on Woodhaven, the prices of the homes that are located there certainly make them attractive to use as rental investments. I’d guess the rents are in the $800 range, which is low for the Cranberry area. One can also assume that the owners do not utilize the type of screening process that managed communities use. I am obviously being presumptuous and stereotypical, but it may be something to take into consideration regarding the lifestyles and behaviors of some residents — certain pricing attracts certain people.

    While it is unsettling that this happened so close to the street that I live on, I understand that crime and violence know no boundaries. It is my sincerest hope that this truly was an accident. My condolences to the families and friends who were affected by this tragic event.

  • shygirl

    first off where they messed up is moving to pa in the first place it a black hole that sucks u in and once u are in u cant get out i i am from out west and there we raise our kids to love each other ur neighbor is a safe place like family since been here have to change it all to where dont trust anyone no matter who they are .

  • JonnyB

    It looks like the education system out in the west is superb as well. Complete sentences are your friend.

  • Kate

    Yeah … right … if it would have happened in Homes Wood it would have been “another young black man” …. yadda, yadda, yadda … get out of the ghetto and into reality!

  • CitizenX

    Im sick and tired of hearing people say to “get rid of” guns. That is the most assanine statement one can make! All that would do is give criminals, who wont get rid of theirs, an easier opportunity to victimize law abiding citizens. As for this case, my thoughts are mixed. The story that this kid is giving authorities sounds to me like a quickly made up attempt at an involuntary manslaughter reduction. Anyone who knows firearms knows that you never point a gun, loaded or not, towards anything you dont want to destroy. Id also like to know more about the owner of the weapon, living situation, and previous criminal charges against the actor. (From what I can see in PA there are no previous). My guess from what I am aware of, which I will not specify because of my job constraints, is this was actually some type of altercation that went bad. All I can say is that this sort of thing happens on a daily basis, and I personally am pretty much amune to it. Im sure we will see more details on this story over the next few days, guess just wait to hear.

  • shygirl

    JonnyB yea it is least we have schooling that can teach us unlike here the only thing they teach is dealing drugs act like (these kind folks) here. kinda sad when u move up here and everyone tells u including the cops need something done about problems u find ur local drug king. i ams a sorry master is am a going to fast for u!

  • voiceofreason

    shygirl, I’m not sure why you are referencing drug kings in this story, nor do I understand what this has to do with trusting neighbors. I have only lived in the Pittsburgh area for a year and a half, but I can assuredly say that that many people are very kind, trustworthy, and down to Earth.

    Furthermore, what happened last night involved individuals who recently came from the intellectual paradise you refer to as the West. PA did not taint them — it was the alcohol… at least that’s what the 18 year olds’ mother says, right? Yup, real responsible “out west” parenting there, shygirl.

    Us “black hole” PA dwellers do not consider this behavior to be the work of the “local drug king.” Instead, it is defined by two words: First one starts with a W; the second a T. The unfortunate outcome is the death of a very young woman, and an undeserving black mark on an outstanding community.

  • expittsburgh

    According to the criminal complaint he was the one that put the shell in the gun…but he didn’t think it was loaded? For that to be true then that means he knows nothing about how to use a gun, in which case he had no business handling it. The story gets stranger with each update.

    My condolensces to the family.

  • shygirl

    THATS ALOT OF BLACK MARKS and as far as you only being here a yr and a half give it time Pa WILL DRAIN THE LIFE OUT OF YOU.

    • Jon Smith

      A lot is 2 words-not 1. Did PA drain you of corrent grammar/spelling as well??

    • Brian

      shygirl…. Perhaps you should move back out west? We wish you would! :-)

  • Concered

    Who on earth ever thought that this was a good idea allowing people to comment on the news stories? I understand that eveyone has an opinion and I respect that but these two young people have familes. Show some respect. Accident, purpose….doesn’t matter and is not for me to judge.

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