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UPDATE: Family, Crozet Community Mourn Shooting Death of 10-year-old Girl

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May 21, 2013

UPDATE:

A 10-year-old girl died Tuesday morning at a Crozet home after being shot by a young boy, Albemarle County Police said.

"I was shocked," said Joyce Shifflett, a neighbor of the family. "That was awful."

Albemarle County Police said around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a "juvenile male" shot and killed the 10-year-old on the 1400-block of McAllister Street in Crozet.

"Our investigation is ongoing, so until we wrap up things here, we're going to continue to investigate," police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said.

Police would not release details about who the boy is, his age, or his relation to the girl. Neighbors said it happened at the home of the pastor of Commonwealth Christian Community Church, formerly Victory Hill Church of God.

Police also refrained from saying what kind of weapon was used or if it was an accident.

One thing many people could do was pray.

"They seemed to be really nice people. They run the daycare and their children were wonderful children," neighbor Susan Coleman said.

Friends and church members poured into the Open Door Ministry Center, next to the home where the shooting took place, to comfort the grieving family.

"It is a very tight-knit community, and I think it just saddens everybody," Coleman said.

"It's really, really, really rare to see something like this," said Ronnie Shifflett, who lives nearby. "This is a really, really tight community."

Neighbors said the family only recently moved into the area about a year ago.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and expect to release more information about what happened in the coming days.

Crozet Baptist Church, which is just down the street from the scene of the shooting, opened its doors Tuesday to the grieving community.

Rev. Colleen Swingle-Titus says the church will act as a place of sanctuary and support. She says Crozet's church community is just as tight-knit as the community itself.


UPDATE: 3:48 p.m.

The Public Information Officer with the Albemarle County Police Department released the following statement:

"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."


UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

Albemarle County Police say a 10-year-old girl was fatally shot by a juvenile male.


THIS IS A BREAKING STORY.

Albemarle County Police are on the scene of a possible gunshot wound in Crozet.

The incident happened shortly after 10:00 AM on McAllister Street, not far from Crozet Avenue.

Police have set up a staging center at Open Door Ministry Center.

Investigators say the scene is secure and there is no threat to the community.

CBS19 will be updating this article as information is confirmed.


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