Police have the entrance to 1446 McAllister Street blocked off for the shooting investigation
A 10-year-old girl is dead and police say it was another child who pulled the trigger.
There are still many unanswered questions, including the identity of the young girl. It is still an ongoing investigation. Police have not released many details because they are still trying to figure out whether it was an accident or something else.
Albemarle police responded to the 1400 block of McAllister Street in Crozet about 10 a.m. Tuesday for reports of a gunshot wound. It was later confirmed a 10-year-old girl was killed and a 14-year-old boy pulled the trigger.
"It's incredibly tragic. Anytime you respond to a scene like this it's difficult but to have a child involved and to have a child a victim here it's very difficult," said Carter Johnson, spokesperson for the Albemarle County Police Department.
The shooting happened at a home near the Open Door Ministry Center. The family of the victim is affiliated with the well-known church which runs the ministry center. Neighbors have identified the family as the Hollifields and say they are rallying around them and offering support, but there are still many unanswered questions.
Police have not said where the gun came from - whether it was found in the home or brought in from the outside and how it got into the hands of the teenager. Police have also not released the identity of the victim. They say they are still trying to figure out whether this was accidental.
"Right now we're just going through that process to make sure that we do our part to really look into this and make sure we do everything we can to investigate the crime properly," Johnson said.
The medical examiner's office in Richmond was able to confirm it received the body of a 10-year-old girl Tuesday, but was not able to confirm a name.
The ordeal is a tragedy no neighborhood is prepared to deal with. "It's hard to process. It's hard for everyone who's involved and certainly it's not something we see in our community very often so that's a good thing that we don't see crimes like this but when we do it's difficult," Johnson said.
Police were on the scene for much of the day interviewing people, collecting evidence and just trying to piece everything together.
The investigation will continue but right now the community where the shooting occurred is trying to come to grips with the tragic ordeal.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
The Albemarle County Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred just after 10 am in the 1400 block of McAllister Street in Crozet.
A 10-year-old girl was shot and died at the scene. A male juvenile was involved and discharged the gun.
The investigation into this incident is on-going and that is the only information available at this point. We ask that you respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.
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Natalie Wilson joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2012. She is a proud alum of Howard University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Communication at Johns Hopkins. Email/ Full Story
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