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Child charged in shooting death of 8-year-old girl in Towson

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 18:58:36-04

TOWSON, Md. — Police have charged a minor in connection to the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl in Towson.

Officers were called just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 6300 block of Sherwood Road.

Inside, a girl was found in the basement suffering from a gunshot wound. She died a short time later at the hospital.

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A neighbor who lives nearby, but didn’t want to be identified, saw the commotion when police responded to the call and was devastated after finding out it was an 8-year-old girl who was shot.

“Been here for 35 years, never saw anything like this happen ever, never," the neighbor said. "Sad really sad, first of all with the gun, like I said they shouldn’t have guns at the home, or they should be locked up and put away."

Family members, loved ones, and neighbors are all left heartbroken by this terrible ending. Family members said the child's preparing for her daughter's 9th birthday this weekend.

“This little girl lost her life. She was 8 years old and had a whole life ahead of her. Now, it’s gone,” the neighbor said.

Although there is a minor now being charged for her death, there are still lots of unanswered questions.

Police have not specified what charges the minor faces, or whether or not they pulled the trigger.

On Thursday, County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement calling the incident a tragedy.

“Any incident of gun violence is tragic, and even more so when it leads to the death of a child. Allof Baltimore County grieves with the family who lost a child last night."

The names of the victim and suspect have not been released, due to their age.