9-year-old girl dead, 3 hurt after North Carolina shooting

Child shot during family celebration

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a 9-year-old girl has been fatally shot and three others have been injured following a shooting at a residence in southwest Charlotte.

Deputy Chief Jeff Estes of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said during a news conference that the shooting happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday while a family celebration was ongoing in the front yard.

The unidentified 9-year-old girl died at a hospital. Two adults and another child suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Estes said: “We have a lot of soul searching to do when as a city, and as a country, a 9-year-old girl isn’t safe playing in her front yard.”

No motive has been determined.

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