Five teenagers are in custody after a shooting in which an 8-year-old girl was killed
Five teenagers are in custody after a shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl and injured her 7-year-old cousin, North Carolina police said.
Statesville police are still searching for a suspect believed to be armed and dangerous.
Police responding to shots fired in Statesville found ah'Miyahh Howell (8) and Tariq Lowery (7) on the 28th.
Officers immediately began life-saving measures until emergency personnel arrived. Both children were transported to the hospital, but Howell died, according to police.
Statesville police asked the community for help and learned that several people were outside when the shooting began. However, no witnesses came forward to provide details, officials said.
Statesville police, with assistance from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, located and impounded two vehicles allegedly connected to the homicide.
The first vehicle was a white 2003 Honda Accord and the second was a white 2013 Mercedes C250, according to police. Forensic evidence from the vehicles and the crime scene reportedly provided enough information to identify potential suspects.
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Sayqwon Kalil Miller and Donnell Tiaijan Ellison, both 19, of Statesville, and Nasir Cor'lee Turner , 18, of Mooresville, were each charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony conspiracy, and weapons discharge into occupied territory objects causing serious bodily injury.
A juvenile petition was filed for a 17-year-old suspect with the same charges as the others. Turner, Miller and the juvenile were arrested July 9.
Police continue to search for Ellison. Police are imploring the public to call 911 with information about Ellison, who should be considered armed and dangerous.
They are also asking anyone who may have witnessed the murder of Howell or the shooting of Lowery to contact Statesville Police.