Father Says 14-Year-Old Son Accidentally Shot And Killed 5-Year-Old Daughter At Northeast Charlotte Apartment Complex
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The family of a 5-year-old who was killed in a shooting Wednesday night at an northeast Charlotte apartment complex says the shooting was accidental. Walter L. Barringer made the following post on Facebook early Thursday morning:
“To clear the air my 14yr old son accidentally shot my baby and 12 locked him up so I lost 2kids and they mom going crazy I can’t wait until this dream over”
Barringer says his daughter, Amani, was accidentally shot by his 14-year-old son. CMPD is calling the 14-year-old a suspect in the case. He was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. CMPD has now charged an adult in the case for failing to secure a firearm to protect a minor. Police say they aren’t releasing the name of the adult to protect the identity of the 14-year-old juvenile in the case.
The investigation began around 9:30pm on Elgywood Lane off North Tryon Street.
CMPD says Amani was shot in the neck and transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Police have not released the name of the 14-year-old since he is a juvenile.
Police have not said how the teen is connected to Amani.
“This road is going to be a tough one,” said Lisa Crawford, the head of Mothers of Murdered Offspring.
Crawford says she knows heartache, having lost a child to gun violence.
“It’s still an act of violence that they’re still going to be devastated by and we want to be here to support them,” said Crawford.
This is the 84th homicide in Charlotte so far this year. And while each life lost is tragic, this one is hitting some hard.
“You hope it never happens. You never want this to happen,” said Yolian Ortiz.
She is with the property owners. Oritz says they were on the property yesterday speaking with residents.
Yolian Ortiz is with the property owners. She says they were on the property yesterday speaking with residents.
“It just hit us hard. It hit us hard because again, it’s a young child, it’s a family,” said Ortiz.
Amani’s death captured the attention of Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, who today tweeted in part..
“I am calling on our community to learn from last night’s tragedy. If you are a gun owner, please lock up your firearms. If you don’t have a lock, go buy one today.”
An adult has also been charged with failure to secure a firearm.
“It’s frustrating that something as simple as a $5 lock could save these children’s lives,” said Officer Thomas Hildebrand.
He says guns should be kept unloaded and out of the reach of children.
“You want to store it inside of a safe or inside of a lock like this,” said Hildebrand holding up a simple lock that CMPD passed out today.
It only took an instant. Now, a family is ripped apart and a young life is gone forever.
“It’s a hard thing to live with for everyone,” said Crawford.
The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.