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9-year-old girl shot in face at Henderson apartment complex

Posted August 3, 2015

A 9 year-old girl and 19 year-old woman were taken to local hospitals Monday morning after a shooting at an apartment complex in Henderson, police said

— A 9 year-old girl was being treated for injuries after a shooting at a Henderson apartment complex early Monday.

Henderson police responded to a report of gunshots at the Highland Green Apartments on Pinkston Street at 12:21 a.m. Sa'Maya Hargrove was transported to Maria Parham Medical Center in a private vehicle before officers arrived on the scene. She was later transferred to Duke Hospital. Her cousins, 19 year-old Shanice Meadows and 21 year-old Machaela Bullock, said she was shot in the face, near the eye.

"It was real scary, I thought I was going to have a heart attack," Meadows said.

Officers also found a second victim, 18 year-old Aisha Taylor, who received a gunshot graze to her arm. Taylor was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police Chief Marcus Barrow said the shooting happened when a vehicle pulled up to a group of people that were standing in front of the apartments and someone began firing a weapon. Hargrove's cousins said several people were in the car listening to music outside the apartment complex when a bullet passed through the car and hit Hargrove, who was in the front passenger seat.

"We were just sitting in the car, us and the other kids are sitting in the car listening to music, then all of a sudden a car had come by and we heard three gunshots," said Meadows.

The cousins also said that Taylor was outside the car, standing just inside the open driver's side door. Several other people, including a 2-year-old boy, were in the car.

Hargrove is a rising fourth-grader at EO Young Elementary School.

Henderson police Lt. Chris Ball said the department is hoping that anybody involved in the incident will surrender to police.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925. Crime Stoppers pays cash for anonymous tips that lead to arrests.


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  • Ray Lee Smythe Aug 4, 2015
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    Apparently black lives don't matter.

  • John Banks Aug 3, 2015
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    What kind of Fools would shoot into a car full of teens and a child standing outside the car???? I sure hope this little girl is gonna be OK.

  • Joe Welch Aug 3, 2015
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    Thanks but I've got it together. If you think it's ok for 2 and 9 year olds to be out at all hours just because they are with an adult, you are part of the problem. A big part. No child should be injured like this....ever. But if the babies were home where they belong then this would never have happened.

  • John Ledbetter Aug 3, 2015
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    What is a 9 year old doing out at that time of the night listening to music in a car??? Proper adult supervision and this would not have happened. People want to think it is OK because someone old enough to be there was with her. I say this is what is wrong with America! People are not taking proper care of young children they have them out in cars late at night just hanging out. A child should be in bed at that time and this would not have happened. Once again adults should know better but then again many do not. Just a shame for this youg girl if only someone had a brain.

  • David Davis Aug 3, 2015
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    She is my niece, and her father just dropped her off at her mother's so he could go to work. He never made it to work before he got the call. Please keep praying for Pootie. Love you, Aunt Essie.

  • Joe Welch Aug 3, 2015
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    Tragic however, A 9 year old and a 2 year old out at 12:21am? Sitting in the car listening to music? One can only hope that a visit from Child Protective Services is in the future for whoever is supposed to be responsible for these poor kids. Now, tell me again....Who's life matters?