A 10-year-old girl is dead Tuesday night and police say it was another child who pulled the trigger.
Tuesday night there are still many unanswered questions, including the identity of the young girl.
It’s 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, but there are still many unanswered questions Tuesday night.
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.