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16-year-old girl killed in drive-by shooting at home in Shelby, police say

Officers from the Shelby Police Department were called to the area of Roberts Street and Martin Street in reference to gunfire just before 4 p.m.
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 6:57 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 7:11 PM EST
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SHELBY, N.C. (WBTV) - Police say a 16-year-old girl was killed when someone drove by a house and opened fire in Shelby Tuesday afternoon.

Officers from the Shelby Police Department were called to the area of Roberts Street and Martin Street in reference to gunfire just before 4 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a girl in the yard of a home on Roberts Street. Police determined this is where the shooting happened.

The girl was taken to Atrium Health Cleveland where she was pronounced dead. She was a student at Shelby High School.

Cleveland County Schools says they have had their student services team in and around the Shelby High School campus throughout the day for both the students and teachers. They also had Central Services personnel at the school to be there to help in any way possible.

“Nothing led us to believe she was the intended target,” the Shelby Police Chief told WBTV.

While the investigation is still ongoing and in the early stages, investigators have determined that a vehicle drove past the house and fired a weapon at the home.

Police say only one person was shot during this incident. Police are not releasing the name of the victim right now.

Anyone with information on this case can contact the Shelby Police Department at (704) 484-6845 or if they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at (704) 481-TIPS.

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