Learning to live

An unsolved crime

The Cooks still don’t know from where the bullet lodged in Katherine’s head came. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department says the investigation remains open.

Unanswered Questions

It's been more than seven months since five-year-old Katherine Cook was shot in the head, and still, the investigation into the shooting remains open. In part two of our series "Learning to Live," 6News reporter Janet Reid sits down with Katherine's parents, LaMont and JoAnne Cook, to discuss their lingering questions about the incident and how it has impacted their lives.

Linwood girl makes a remarkable recovery

Seven months after being shot in the head, she is back on her feet

Last February, a stray bullet struck 5-year-old Katherine Cook’s head, leaving her in a coma and on life support. Seven months later, Katherine is a bubbly kindergartner. But as the healing process continues, her parents are left questioning how the accident happened and who is to blame.

Past coverage of Katherine Cook’s ordeal

When Katherine Cook was wounded by a gunshot on February 23, her family prayed for her survival. Check out how 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World followed the story.

Linwood girl shot, in critical condition

A Linwood family is praying for miracle as their daughter fights for her life. Five-year-old Katherine Cook remains in critical condition tonight after she was shot in the head over the weekend. 6News reporter Cory Smith has more.


tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 8 months ago

When I was a child, still able to count my age on two hands, my father bought my brother and me a pair of Crossman (pump) BB "rifles." We shot up the included targets. We shot at cans... bottles... trees. One afternoon, I placed a bird in my sights, pulled the trigger, and watched it fall onto the ground.In a heartbeat, or the stilling thereof, I outgrew guns. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl7zhN...

Ronda Miller 9 years, 8 months ago

The format of this story is incredible - as is the story itself.My heart goes out to Katherine and her family and I wish them continued progress in her recovery.

Judgesmails 9 years, 8 months ago

way to support this little girl.........idiots

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 8 months ago

There is no question in my mind that this youngster is receiving support of the first order. And, for as tragic as this event was, let us hope that her young age will play favorably in her ongoing recovery.

FMT6488 9 years, 8 months ago

"Guns don't kill, PEOPLE kill" - this is so very true! But you allow everyone without a felony conviction the right to purchase and own a firearm with ANY form of required training and what can you expect?? Many states that refuse motorcycle licenses until a motorcycle training class has been taken(and in most cases a practical and written test passed), allow anyone over the age of 18 and no felony record to purchase a firearm. A firearm is SO much more dangerous than a motorcycle, yet they are comparatively easy to buy. I am NOT someone who wishes to remove this right from the Bill of Rights, neither am I a gun-nut. I am someone that wishes this government would attempt to apply a little more common sense in how it allows people to be able to own a firearm. If I were to go to a gun show in certain states, as a legal citizen of the U.S., I could purchase a rifle, shotgun, or a handgun with little more than a state drivers license and a SSN. Worse even: I could do so for cash - thus leaving no easy immediate way to track me down should my IDs prove to be fake...

FMT6488 9 years, 8 months ago

My heart goes out to the young girl, and I hope she has a long and loving life. I truly hope that the person(s) responsible for this are found or (better yet) come forward. Sorry for the rant, but this really hit a nerve. I have been invited to many hunting grounds/ groups only to find it an excuse to to get away from the wife, drink beer, and shoot a gun at something. People like this really ?!$$ me off, and are 90% of the problems involving gun accidents.

J2od 9 years, 8 months ago

Oh, so sad: There are quite simply too many people who can read, and write, and yet they can't quite put a coherent thought together.I agree with DonQuiPunch. (Love the name, by the way... you must have incredible dreams about windmills and sexually inappropriate acts of violence!) You can make as many laws as you want to protect people, and they will still and always find a way to make the most benign thing a weapon. (A Barbie doll leg could easily stab a human eyeball out; a car will still lose its brakes and careen into the unsuspecting passerby...)To blame a gun is foolish, Tangential Reasoner, and perhaps your reasoning, tangential or no, is slightly askew.I agree with the sentiments of FMT6488: what training is there for a new gun owner?We make driver's ed and sex ed requirements in modern school, but not hunter's safety or firearms safety? What gives? Is this not the US of A? Is this not a gun-toting populous? Firearms are as prevelant and accessible here in the States as they are anywhere, so why not make education on them mandatory?I'm not suggesting we make a person take a test to get a gun... but some education issued at an early age may enlighten those who would otherwise harm others.And let's face it, Judgesmails: was this article solely about the little girl, or does it point to the larger issue of the need for firearms safety and accountability? Your haste in emotional exacerbation makes any point you wanted to make much less significant. Your heart feels more than your mind thinks, I fear.Now, if you don't mind, my wife is bothering me. Makes me want to drink something fierce, and go kill something on its own turf.I wonder what you guys'd think about factory farming? FMT6488 is either a vegetarian or a hypocrite.

live_like_u_were_dyin 9 years, 5 months ago

When I turned 16 my Dad made me take hunter's saftey at the fop lodge. My dad is a big time hunter and i have been going with him since I was about 7. Hunter Saftey is really a great class even if you do not hunt. Just knowing how to properly oporate a gun can do wonders.

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