13-year-old sitting at picnic table with friends is gunned down in drive-by shooting, NC police said.
A 13-year-old girl was sitting at a picnic table with friends when a group of men drove up, opened fire and ended the young girl's life, police said.
Around 8 p.m. on July 24, officers responded to calls regarding a shooting in Monroe, North Carolina, according to the Monroe Police Department.
At the scene, police said they found a 13-year-old child suffering from a gunshot wound.
The child was taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead, officials said. The name of the victim has not been released.
Officials said the child was an innocent bystander and there were no other victims from the shooting.
According to authorities, an investigation showed the child was sitting at a picnic table with friends when someone inside a vehicle pulled up and started shooting in the direction of the children and then fled.
Police said they found multiple shell casings at the scene.
Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said, “Our officers have done an amazing job in leaving no stone unturned to ensure the individuals who committed this crime are not only identified, but also apprehended and brought to justice. This is such a devastating act that has far-reaching implications that was entirely uncalled for. These individuals took an innocent life for absolutely no reason and now a family and community has to live with this forever.”
The investigation determined the suspects in the shooting were 20-year-old Javon Robinson, 22-year-old Jamarius Crowder, 19-year-old Darius Roland, and 18-year-old Jamari McClain, police said.
All four men were arrested on July 24 and have been charged with first-degree murder, authorities said. The men are being held at Union County Jail without bond.
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