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A 12-year-old girl has died after she was shot by another student of the same age at a South Carolina school.Greenville County police reported.
“The victim was shot at least once and was quickly treated by the School Resource Service and staff before being transported to hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.said the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Although the authorities did not reveal the name of the young victim, The NBC News network in Greenville identified the girl as Jamari Cortez Bonaparte, reported the community leader who is close to the student’s family.
The 12-year-old shooter, who was arrested and taken into police custody, was charged with “homicide, possession of a weapon in a violent crime, carrying a weapon in a school, possession of a weapon by a minor under 18 years of age.” The boy was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.
The people who work at the Tanglewood school called the police officers to report the shooting that took place on Wednesday at noon, the authorities arrived and identified where the shots were generated from.
The teenager had fled the scene, and around 1:30 p.m. he was detained by police at a residence where he had been hiding. In addition, the weapon with which he had fired was found.
“Although the motive for the shooting and how the suspect was able to get hold of a firearm is still being investigated, we can confirm that the victim and shooter knew each other and can assure that the incident was isolated.”informed the authorities.
The students who were in secondary school were taken to a church to take shelter, being transferred in school buses to receive medical assistance.
Police said no school staff or students were injured in the incident.
Police Officer Howard Lewis mourned the death of Cortez Bonaparte and highlighted immediate action by campus staff to prevent a large-scale incident.
“I ask parents to have conversations with their children. Check their belongings and make sure they don’t have anything that could be a danger to them or anyone else.”he concluded.