13-year-old girl killed at picnic table in North Carolina drive-by shooting, 1 arrested

'This was an innocent child,' the police chief said.

7/26/2021 1:01:00 AM

'This was an innocent child,' the police chief said.

A 13-year-old girl was killed in a North Carolina drive-by shooting.

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.STOCK PHOTO/Getty ImagesOne man was arrested Sunday and police are searching for at least three others they suspect were involved in a drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old North Carolina girl who was struck by a bullet as she sat at an outdoor picnic table with other children, police said.

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The child, whose name was not immediately released, was shot around 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Charlotte suburb of Monroe, a town of about 36,000 people, according to police.On Sunday afternoon, Monroe police announced the arrest of Javon Demontre Robinson, 20, of Monroe, who was booked into the Union County Jail on one count of first-degree murder.

Police said they have also obtained arrest warrants charging Darius Roland, 19, and Jamari Crowder, 22, both of Monroe, with first-degree murder. A search continued for both men Sunday afternoon.MORE: Police offering $60K reward after 6-year-old girl killed in Washington, DC, shooting headtopics.com

Investigators are also attempting to identify a fourth man they suspect took part in the shooting. Authorities described the suspects as being"armed and dangerous.""Our officers have done an amazing job in leaving no stone unturned to ensure the individuals who committed this crime are not only identified, but also apprehended and brought to justice," Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said in a statement Sunday..

STOCK PHOTO/Getty ImagesGilliard declined to comment on a motive for the shooting but said,"This is such a devastating act that has far-reaching implications that was entirely uncalled for.""These individuals took an innocent life for absolutely no reason, and now a family and community has to live with this forever," Gilliard said.

Gilliard said a black 2005 Ford Freestyle SUV that witnesses told police the shots came from was also recoveredGilliard announced the arrests less than 24 hours after pleading with the public to help investigators identify the suspects and asking residents of Icemorlee Street, where the shooting occurred, for any surveillance video that may have captured the incident.

"Someone knows who did this. This was an innocent child, and we need people to be brave and step up so we can catch those responsible for this senseless act of violence," Gilliard said.Police said the child, who was initially reported to be 12 years old, was sitting with friends on a picnic table when the SUV drove by and someone inside opened fire without warning. headtopics.com

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MORE: Chicago drive-by shooting leaves 4 children, 2 adults wounded at partyMultiple shell casings littered the scene, but no other victims were shot, police said.The gravely wounded girl was taken to Atrium Health Union hospital in Monroe, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

The girl was the second child killed in a drive-by shooting in a suburb of Charlotte in less than a month. Read more: ABC News »

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