New Jersey Teen Charged with Murder After 8-Year-Old Girl Riding her Bike is Hit with Stray Bullet

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A New Jersey man was charged Friday with murder in the shooting of an 8-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire.

Camden resident Tyhan Brown, 18, was arrested Friday at his uncle’s home in Clarksville, Tennessee, officials said.

Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Hill Carter was hit in the head by a stray bullet while across the street from her home in August in Camden.

She was shot August 24 while riding a bicycle, Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said, according to the Courier-Post.

Authorities say gunfire broke out when several men opened fire on an intended target.

U.S. Deputy Marshal Danny Shelton said Brown was arrested without incident and is in jail while awaiting extradition proceedings.

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Brown’s 35-year-old mother, Shakia Land, and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Natasha Gerald, have been charged with hindering the investigation after investigators say they gave false alibis for Brown.

Thompson said that police are also looking for other suspects who they believe were involved in the shooting.

‘We are going to relentlessly continue our investigation into bringing those folks to justice,’ he said.

Thomson said it’s thought Brown was ‘the principal actor in what took place that night’, according to the Courier-Post.

A information reward of $76,000 had been offered, the newspaper reported.

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Thomas, according to the report, said: ‘We did not really receive the support we would have hoped for. That’s not to say the community is in and of itself callous to this.’

Carter’s mother, Meresa Carter-Phillips, told WPVI-TV that it was good that Brown was arrested ‘but nothing is going to change the fact that my daughter is gone and I have a loss’.

‘It was like a little relief off my back, but I still feel the same way, my daughter is not here anymore,’ she said.

Source: The AP