AN 11-year-old girl sleeping over her grandmother’s house died after shots were fired outside of the home.
Two people – an adult and a minor – are in custody after the June 4 shooting, according to Detroit police.
The shooting occurred on June 4 on the east side of DetriotCredit: WXYZ
Shots were fired into the back of the home, cops sayCredit: WXYZ
The shooting occurred at about 10.15pm. The young girl, who has been identified as Saniyah Pugh, was the only one struck by the gunfire, cops said.
She was staying at her grandmother’s house on the east side of the city. There were two adults and five children in the home at the time of the shooting, according to police.
“Saniyah was a very beautiful, intelligent… she was a very talented little girl,” said the girl’s grandmother, Lawanda Melton.
“My children and grandchildren are scarred… they are totally scarred from this because all of them had to see this and experience this. Something that I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to even experience.”
The girl attended middle school and was a gymnast and a cheerleader. She would have turned 12 at the end of June, according to FOX2.
“When you can have an 11-year-old girl in a home with her grandmother and five other children as young as the age of 7, dancing joyously in the house, and have a bullet come through and kill her — it hits you very hard,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said.
Detroit Police Chief James White echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that the girl “was murdered while attending a sleepover with her grandmother in our community.”
“Making TikTok videos and laughing one minute and being shot in the back … the next.”
White blamed the crime on “irresponsible gun ownership” and “irresponsible use of a weapon.” He also said that the shots were all fired at the back of the home.
“It is of epidemic proportions right now in our country and in our city.
“We don’t have a whole lot, other than another child from our city being shot, this one fatally, due to some adult nonsense, obviously, that she has nothing to do with.
“We have a wide open investigation but we’re going to work this case and we’re going to have something. Officers and investigators are going to do what they do well.”
A GoFundMe has been started to help with the girl’s funeral expenses.
The Detroit Police Department tweeted: “Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends at this unimaginable time.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Detroit Police or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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