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Eight-Year-Old Girl Murdered, 2 More Kids Wounded In Drive-By Shooting Attacks

Statesville, NC – An eight-year-old girl was fatally shot and two more children were wounded during two separate shootings in a single neighborhood on June 28.

Statesville police received a report of a shooting on Wilson Lee Boulevard shortly before 7 p.m. and arrived to find a seven-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl suffering from gunshot wounds, WBTV reported.

Witnesses said they saw someone shooting a gun from inside a white car that might have been a Mercedes, according to police.

Investigators said they believe the attack might have been a drive-by shooting.

The children were rushed to a local hospital, where the young girl succumbed to her wounds, WBTV reported.

Police said the murdered victim was nine years old, but her family said she was still only eight.

The family of the murdered little girl identified her as Ah’miyahh Howell.

The young boy was still being treated late Monday night, according to police.

Police were investigating the shooting when they heard another round of gunfire coming from just blocks away in the area of Newbern Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m., WBTV reported.

Witnesses said someone in a white car – possibly a Honda Accord – drove by and opened fire, according to police.

A 10-year-old child boy was shot during the attack.

Witnesses said officers investigating the first shooting ran to the second shooting scene, scooped up the wounded boy and transported him to the hospital in a patrol car, according to WJZY.

Police said the wounded child is expected to survive, WBTV reported.

Investigators had not released any information regarding potential suspects, nor did they say they had arrested anyone in connection with the shootings.

Resident Anthony Caldwell said he was nearby when the attack occurred.

“All a sudden, we seen two cars speeding by,” Caldwell told WBTV. “It sounded almost like fireworks. It was high-powered weapons. Whenever I came around the corner, I heard a bunch of adults screaming and crying, talking about, ‘the kids, the kids.’”

He said he ran to one of the wounded children and tried to render life-saving aid.

“I then tried to administer first aid, first response CPR until the medical EMTs or the police stations arrived,” he told WBTV. “After that, I got out of the way and let them do their job.”

The Statesville Police Department (SPD) said it is actively investigating both shootings and urged anyone who has information about the attacks to contact police.

“If you saw the murder of this innocent child and injuries to the other innocent children, you must help in solving these cases. If you have evidence or information regarding the shooters, please contact us,” the SPD said. “We do not believe the children were the intended targets.”

Ah’miyahh Howell’s grandmother, Kendalen Howell, said her eight-year-old granddaughter was both sassy and smart, WBTV reported.

“Why would you come by shooting, doing a drive-by, shooting at innocent kids, kids sitting outside playing, harmless kids?” Kendalen Howell asked. “It makes me upset that you took my granddaughter away from me. She didn’t even get to live her life. She didn’t get to grow up.”

Statesville City Councilmember Frederick Foster told WBTV the community “is better than this.”

“We need to move forward,” Foster said. “We’re trying to make so much progress in our city, and especially South Statesville. We’re trying to uplift and improve the community, and when stuff like this happens, it sets us back. We can never move forward.”

City Councilwoman Doris Allison went to the scene and at one point began screaming at residents, telling them someone knew who the shooter or shooters are and that they need to come forward, WNCN reported.

“Our children are getting hurt in the street and it’s not right,” an emotional Allison told the news outlet. “It’s not right.”

“People need to be held accountable for their actions,” she added.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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