SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP/WNCN) – Authorities in North Carolina say a 12-year-old girl was killed and a 3-year-old boy was fighting for his life after both were shot as they sat on a porch at a home.
Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme told local media outlets that the children were shot around 4 p.m. Friday.
Capt. Charles Campbell said Jalinda Campbell was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, where she died. Kyleigh Graham was flown by helicopter to Duke University Medical Center after he was shot in the neck.
It wasn’t known if the police captain and the shooting victim were related.
Investigators report the suspect and the intended target knew each other. Police say they are looking for two men in connection with the shootings.
More than 200 people attended a vigil in Southern Pines on Saturday night for Campbell.
Many people at the vigil Saturday evening lit candles and signed a large sign in Jalinda’s memory.
A photo of Jalinda was placed on a chair and surrounded by candles and a teddy bear and butterfly.
“Family is a bond that has been broken that will never be put back together,” said Jalinda’s dad, Greg Harris. “She would be the daughter that anyone would be proud of.”
Speakers at the vigil called for an end to the violence that has claimed the lives of young people in the community. People also spoke of the need for the entire community to unify, and pleaded for information leading to the capture of the suspects responsible.
“Whether you know who did it and you don’t say nothing (you’re) just as bad as the one who did it. So please someone come forward. Please. I mean these are kids, you can’t have this in your community,” Jalinda’s dad, Greg Harris, pleaded with the group.
The gathering ended with a prayer and the group singing while hugging and holding hands.
Three-year-old Kyleigh Graham is in stable condition, officials said Saturday.