A 12-year-old North Carolina girl was killed when someone in an SUV unleashed a barrage of gunfire, striking her as she sat at an outdoor picnic table with other children, police said.
The child, whose name was not immediately released, was shot around 8 p.m. on in the Charlotte suburb of Monroe, a town of about 36,000 people, according to police.
No one has been arrested as of Sunday afternoon, and police are working to identify the killer. Police said they are searching for a black Ford Freestyle SUV that witnesses said the shots came from.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the victim, and we need the community to help identify and hold the shooter accountable for what they have done,” Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said in a statement.investigators are also asking residents of Icemorlee Street in Monroe for any surveillance video that may have captured the shooting.
“Someone knows who did this. This was an innocent child, and we need people to be brave and step up so we can catch those responsible for this senseless act of violence,” Gilliard said.
Police said the child was sitting with friends on a picnic table when the SUV drove by and someone inside opened fire without warning.
Multiple shell casings littered the scene, but no other victims were shot, police said.
The gravely wounded girl was taken to Atrium Health Union hospital in Monroe, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.
The girl was the second child killed in a drive-by shooting in a suburb of Charlotte in less than a month.
8-yold Ah’Miyahh Howell was shot to death in Statesville, North Carolina, about 40 miles north of Charlotte, when someone in a Mercedes drove by and opened fire, police said. A 7-year-old boy with Ah’Miyahh at the time was also injured in the shooting.
As Statesville police responded to the fatal shooting, they heard gunshots ring out nearby from a second drive-by shooting that left a 10-year-old boy wounded, officials said.
At least six people, ranging in age from 17 to 19, have been arrested and charged with murder in Ah’Miyahh’s death, according to police.
Three people were fatally shot and five others were injured in four separate shootings in and around Seattle’s downtown area early morning, according to Seattle police.
At 1:48 a.m., a bar employee called 911 and reported a fight inside an establishment in the 2200 block of First Avenue, according to an item posted on the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter. The fight spilled out into the street and parking lot. As police officers were breaking up the fight, they heard gunfire and quickly located a man who had been shot, says the blotter post. He died at the scene.
Then at 2:32 a.m., officers responded to multiple 911 calls about shootings in Pioneer Square. Arriving officers found multiple shooting scenes and located two men with gunshot wounds: One died at the scene and the second was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, according to the police blotter. Three people were also driven to hospitals in private vehicles before police or medics arrived. One of the people taken to Harborview later died, the post says.
The address on the Fire Department’s online list of call outs corresponds to the Trinity Nightclub. But the club’s general manager, who witnessed two people shooting at each other, said Trinity patrons weren’t involved and were kept inside until after the gunfire stopped.
Seattle police also learned of a shooting at 12th Avenue and South Main Street in the Chinatown International District after a woman showed up at a Bellevue hospital just before 3:30 a.m. with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen, says the blotter post. She reported the shooting had occurred around 1:40 a.m.
At 4:40 a.m., Seattle police responded to multiple reports of a shooting at Cal Anderson Park, in the 1600 block of 11th Avenue on Capitol Hill. A man was driven to Harborview, and told police he’d been shot in the park after playing in a basketball game, according to the blotter.
Anyone with information about any of the shootings is asked to call the Seattle Police Department’s violent crime tip line at 206-233-5000.
“This is what we’ve been talking about, the uptick in gun violence in 2020 into 2021,” Interim Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz said in a video about Sunday’s shootings that was posted to Twitter. “We’ve got to figure out a way to get the guns off the streets.”
Susan Gregg, a spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center, said three male patients were treated at the hospital for gunshot wounds, including one shot at the Pioneer Square scene who died. Two others, a 37-year-old man who was injured at Cal Anderson Park and was transferred to Harborview from Swedish Medical Center, and a male patient who walked into the emergency room, were both in satisfactory condition, she said.
No arrests had been announced in any of the shootings as of Sunday afternoon.
Officers were still at the Pioneer Square scene at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, with police cars and tape blocking South Washington Street at Second Avenue. An officer kneeled near yellow crime scene evidence markers, sealing items in manila envelopes. A black Nissan Sentra, with its back window shattered and what appeared to be a bullet hole on the right side of the front window, was parked in the middle of Yesler Way, near Second.
Guy Godefroy, the longtime general manager and DJ at Trinity Nightclub, went outside around 2 a.m. and saw a large crowd gathered outside the Stage Seattle nightclub on South Washington Street, about 400 feet to the southeast of Trinity.
“There was a big crowd and it didn’t look good,” Godefroy said in a Sunday phone interview. “There weren’t any cops in the neighborhood because they were responding to an incident in Belltown.”
As he watched, Godefroy said there was a fight in the parking lot across from Trinity and next door to Stage, followed by the sounds of gunfire. He ducked down behind a parked car and saw two people shooting at each other as they ran north on Occidental, then continued firing as they turned onto Yesler.
Godefroy said two people were killed, including one who died in the alley beneath the sign for the Stage nightclub. There were 300 to 400 people inside Trinity at the time and Godefroy said patrons were kept in the club’s main room until 2:30 a.m., after the gunfire had stopped.
According to a flier posted on the Stage Seattle Nightclub’s website, the club hosted the BIG City Jump Mega Hip Hop event that ran from 10 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday.
A woman who works at a club nearby said the shooting occurred just as clubs in the area were closing, so many people were outside and walking to their cars at the time. People were waiting Sunday morning to retrieve their parked cars that were in the area cordoned off by police.
Of the 196 people shot in King County in the first six months of 2021, a number that does not include suicides, 42 died from their injuries, according to statistics released Thursday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The fatal shootings represent a 48% spike over the average for the same six-month span in 2017 through 2020. The total number of people shot, not including Sunday’s victims, represents a 61% increase compared with the average semi-annual figures in previous years, the statistics show.
Two men were shot and killed inside a car on the entrance ramp to I-85 at Duke Street. The shooting happened just after 4 p.m. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Durham police on Sunday identified the men as 24-year-old Tyshawn Chavis of Durham and 26-year-old Donovan Bright of Durham. Police said the shooting doesn’t appear to be random. An investigation is still underway. No arrests have been made.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A second straight night of weekend gunfire left one man dead and five other people were injured in five separate shootings in Indianapolis.
The shootings occurred between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. in different parts of the city, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
Shortly after 2 a.m., officers were sent to an address on the city’s northwest side on a report of a shooting but didn’t find a victim, police said. However, a man walked into a nearby fire station with gunshot wounds and died there.
Around the same time, a shooting in the Broad Ripple entertainment district injured two people who were hospitalized in stable condition, police said. Moments later, a third person was shot a few blocks away.
Another person was shot downtown and another walked into hospital, with a gunshot wound, police said.
On Saturday, two men died and five other people were hospitalized following several shootings and a stabbing in Indianapolis.
BEL-RIDGE, Mo. (AP) — A 19-year-old Missouri man was killed Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Bel-Ridge. Police said that the Major Case Squad had been called to investigate the homicide although few details were released. Police said the homicide happened around 3:15 p.m. Saturday along Trumbell Avenue near North Hanley Road. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. (AP) — Three people from Wisconsin died in a four-vehicle crash in eastern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened on Interstate 44 about 90 miles southwest of St. Louis in Crawford County after a U-Haul driver lost control of the truck. The Highway Patrol said 69-year-old Alan Bates of Lake Worth, Florida sideswiped a minivan and crossed the median after a “vehicle defect” in the U-Haul caused him to lose control. The the U-Haul collided with a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 23-year-old Frank Handley of Janesville, Wisconsin, and then hit a Ford Transit Van driven by Michael Semmens of Genoa, Illinois. Handley and his passengers, Eve A. King, 22, of Janesville, Wisconsin, and Ronald King, 19, of Beloit, Wisconsin, all died at the scene of the crash that happened shortly before 5 p.m. Friday. Semmens was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
A 29-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday night. A 25-year-old Buffalo man and a 26-year-old Buffalo man are both in stable condition at ECMC. The Buffalo Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that happened late night. Detectives say three men were shot during some type of party or gathering in the 700 block of Lasalle Avenue. Officers were called to the scene just after 11 p.m. According to a City of Buffalo spokesperson, a 29-year-old man was declared dead at the scene. A 25-year-old Buffalo man and a 26-year-old Buffalo man were both taken to ECMC where they’re currently listed in stable condition. Police say the shooting was targeted in nature. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Department’s confidential tip call line at (716) 847-2255.
BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) — A man suspected of driving under the influence crashed into a Maryland home early morning, killing a 68-year-old, police said.
The collision happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in Brooklyn Park when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign, jumped a curb and crashed into a home occupied by Gerald Patrick Keogh Jr., news outlets reported.
Keogh became trapped between the car and damaged interior walls until emergency crews arrived and extricated him, Anne Arundel County police said. He was taken to a Baltimore hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver, 49-year-old Christopher Davis of Baltimore, fled the scene but was apprehended, according to police.
Police said he showed signs of impairment and toxicology results are pending.
Davis was facing charges of manslaughter by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired, failure to remain at the scene and other charges.
Court records that don’t list an attorney who could comment Davis’ behalf showed he has a bond review scheduled.