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School district releases statement after 8-year-old girl shot in head, killed in Gaffney apartment shooting

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Bullet holes in apartment window on West Buford Street. (8/20/17 FOX Carolina) Bullet holes in apartment window on West Buford Street. (8/20/17 FOX Carolina)
Apartments on West Buford Street. (8/20/17 FOX Carolina) Apartments on West Buford Street. (8/20/17 FOX Carolina)
Apartment on West Buford Street. (8/20/17 FOX Carolina) Apartment on West Buford Street. (8/20/17 FOX Carolina)
LaMya Bradley (Credit: WJZY) LaMya Bradley (Credit: WJZY)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler confirms an 8-year-old girl was fatally shot in Gaffney early Sunday morning.

The call came in around 1:11 a.m. that multiple shots had been fired into an apartment located on the 800 block of West Buford Street, Fowler says.

According to an incident report from Gaffney Police Department, a responding officer arrived on scene to find the glass on the home's screen door shattered and the victim sitting on the couch, unconscious. 

An 8-year-old child in the home was struck in the head by at least one of those bullets, he continued.

The report said all of the victims inside the house had been there at the time of the shooting.

EMS responded and took the child to Mary Black of Gaffney Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m., the coroner said

She was later identified by the coroner as LaMya Bradley of Shelby, NC.

“The victim was seated on a sofa in the apartment when the bullet penetrated the window and struck her in the head.  She was transported from the scene by ambulance to Mary Black Health Systems-Gaffney where she died at 2:35 a.m. It appears she was not a target but rather a victim of some person or persons who fired multiple rounds into the apartment from the parking lot. This is another tragic, senseless loss of life at the hands of gang related activity, this time an 8 year old child.   It has to stop,” Fowler said.

No arrests have been made.

Cleveland County Schools released the following statement on the tragedy:

"Our hearts are broken as this tragic occurrence took the life of one of our beloved children.  Upon the return of students next Monday, we will surround our little ones with an abundance of love, care, and support.

On behalf of Boiling Springs Elementary and Cleveland County Schools, we extend our sincere condolences to the immediate and school families as they will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time."

Dispatch is unsure if it was a drive-by shooting at this time.

The coroner will perform an autopsy to assist with the investigation. Gaffney Police are also on the case.

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