A 14-year-old Georgia girl was killed after intruders forcibly broke into her home and “made demands” before shooting her in the back and fleeing the scene.
The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said the Grantville home invasion occurred Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m.
“The suspects fired rounds striking the 14-year-old victim in the back and then fled the scene in a light colored 4 door passenger car,” it wrote in a statement on Facebook.
Col. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office told Oxygen.com that investigators believe the home was targeted, although he declined to elaborate further, citing the ongoing investigation.
Investigators believe three or four men broke into the home by bashing through the door, had some type of altercation, and then took some items.
“That’s still under investigation,” Yarbrough said of the exact items that had been taken.
The young victim, later identified as Haley Adams, was taken to the hospital for surgery where she died from her injuries, local station WSB-TV reports.
Yarbrough told Oxygen.com that investigators do not believe Adams had been the intended target in the attack.
“It’s very senseless that this was done,” he told WSB-TV.
Investigators also released surveillance video connected to the incident that shows three people getting out of a car that had pulled into the driveway. As the intruders then start to return to the car, one can be seen firing at the house before they get inside the car and take off.
Adams had recently moved to Grantville to live with her mother.
Yarbrough confirmed that she had been new to the area at the time of her death.
The family’s pastor Caleb Newberry said the teen’s death has devastated the community.
“We’ve had teens up here all day. They’re shattered. That was their sister. It really was,” he told WSB-TV. “I would describe her as full of joy.”
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