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Springfield woman shot, killed by stepfather

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SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

A heated family fight in Robertson County ended in the worst possible way Monday evening.

Police said the incident began with an argument between a woman and her step-father at their home on Shelby Lynn Drive in Springfield around 6:30 p.m.

Officers said the fight escalated and Mackenzie A. Gibson, 22, armed herself with a baseball bat and then a knife.

Police said her step-father, Thomas Lynn Bunn, then fired one shot from a handgun, hitting Mackenzie in the stomach.

She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she died.

Police are still investigating - and self-defense could be a real possibility - but Gibson's friends said she was misunderstood, undervalued and didn't deserve to die this way.

"She was only hot-tempered if her feelings were hurt," said friend Jasmine Austin.

Soccer and good grades at Springfield and Gallatin high schools gave way to a dream of a career in rap music.

"She was a good person," said friend Kierra Payne. "Just being around her, she just brightened up your day, no matter who you were."

Police have not charged the step-father, and the district attorney will ultimately decide how to proceed.

Part of the hold-up has investigators checking several different jurisdictions, as the family moved a lot because of the step-father's lengthy military career.

"I just feel that they should have done that girl better. They treated her differently because she wanted to do what she wanted to do," said friend Keona Carr.

Neither parent would speak on-camera Tuesday, but off camera, Gibson's mother said while the girl and her step-father fought often, she still called him "Dad."

It's just part of the reason Gibson's death makes for a gut-wrenching mystery for many in the community.

"They done been into it so many times and just all of a sudden a gunshot? A gun?" Carr said "I just don't understand how it has to go this far. I just don't understand it. I never will."

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