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Teenager dies after shooting in Avondale
AVONDALE, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- A 14-year-old Tyan Adkins is dead after a shooting at Poinciana Apartments in Avondale on Reading Road near Hutchins Avenue Saturday afternoon.
Police responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m and found the girl with at least one gunshot wound. They say when they entered the second floor apartment the girl was still alive and was then transported to Children's Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Police do have a suspect in custody. A woman, Shalena McPherson, claiming to be the suspect's aunt says her nephew and the girl were playing with the gun when she was accidentally shot, thinking it wasn't loaded.
"He was playing with a gun, yes that is true but he didn't mean to do this," says McPherson. "He said he didn't know there was bullet in the chamber. Their shouldn't even been a bullet in there. I don't know where he got the gun from, it's so easy today to get guns, kids to play with guns. I have no idea."
This is the second time in eight days a 14-year-old has died from a gunshot wound. On March 21, Ja'Shawn Martin was also shot and killed.
"They all hurt, they cause concern for the people around us. As you can see a lot community representatives come to the scene. When you throw a teenager into the mix, that makes it even that much harder," says police captain, Michael Neville.
Community leaders Pastor Peterson Mingo and Ozie Davis both showed up Saturday. Davis says he believes the age of outreach has to be lowered.
"It's got to be 10, 9, 8. Things are getting more serious. We talked about youth. Instead of talking about [ages] 10-30, we need to be talking about [ages] 6-30," he says.
McPherson says what her nephew did was an accident.
"He admits to it, whatever happens, he's willing to face it. Somebody lost a daughter. A child. It's horrible, just horrible," she says.
The victim did not live in the apartment where she was shot. McPherson says neither did her nephew. The two friends were visiting another friend when the shooting happened.
Police have not officially announced charges in the shooting or released the suspect's name.
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