Jason said the artery near Matthew's groin was split but that the bone wasn't broken. He is expected to make a full recovery.
After the paramedics took Matthew, Crist walked back up the hill toward Roy and Wanda's house, where she heard Wanda screaming, "Is she OK? Is she alive?"
She said Brittany's younger siblings all were in the home when the shooting occurred. They told Wanda Brittany had been shot, Crist said. Wanda called 911.
Roy turned the gun on himself after he shot Matthew, Crist said. He was also taken to General Hospital, but hospital operators wouldn't comment on his condition, citing privacy laws.
"Everything is still confusing," Jason Pittman, 39, of St. Albans, said from the family home. "Everyone's torn apart. It's been very difficult.
"He's not allowed any visitors. We can't even get in to ask why or what he was thinking."
He faces charges of murder and attempted murder, the family said.
Jason said Brittany was a bright girl who had just completed her freshman year at Capital High School. Friday was the last day of school.
She was also taking heating and cooling classes at Carver Career and Technical Center. She'd already chosen that as her field of choice.
Crist said Brittany made straight A's and was among the youngest students at Carver.
"She had her life planned out and what she wanted to do," Crist said. "I love her so, so much and I miss her and want her back here with us."
Friends took to a memorial Facebook page to express their grief. By Sunday afternoon, the page had more than 1,100 likes.
Friends and family members shared photos of a smiling teen.
"I remember all the times we had, and I'm never going to forget that," Amersley Bradley, a close friend, posted Saturday. "You were one of the most beautiful girls I've ever met, and you had that crazy personality to go with it. I don't know how I'm going to get through anything without you, you were always that one person I went to."
Another friend Curtissa McNeil called Brittany a "beautiful intelligent girl that I will always love and miss," in a Facebook post.
"Nobody will understand her like I do," close friend Baylee Webb posted Friday night. "We were so close and then she was ripped away from me. Fly high angel. Watch over us! I love you and will forever miss you."
Kanawha deputies still are investigating.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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