A TEN-YEAR-OLD girl has been placed under arrest by Florida police in connection to a fatal shooting on Memorial day.
The girl was charged with second-degree murder and was taken into custody Tuesday after she allegedly shot a woman following an altercation.
Shortly before midnight on May 30, two women were fighting in a courtyard between buildings at the Windsor Cove Apartments in Orlando, said police.
The women were identified as Lakrisha S Isaac, 31, and Lashun Denise Rodgers, 41.
Witnesses say Isaac punched Rodgers during a barbecue at the apartment complex. Rodgers retaliated, hitting Isaac in the face.
During the confrontation, witnesses told WESH that Isaac “took off her backpack and gave it up” to her young daughter.
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The women continued to fight when, according to witnesses, the girl was “rummaging through the backpack” before a gunshot was heard.
Rodgers eventually fell to the ground with a “gunshot wound to the head.”
“The juvenile retrieved that firearm from the bag and fired two rounds, striking the victim,” read a police report.
Rogers was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
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Deputies said that Isaac’s daughter yelled, “you shouldn’t have messed with my mother” following the shooting.
The mother and daughter were taken into custody, said police.
Isaac was charged with not properly storing a firearm and manslaughter by culpable negligence.
It is unclear why police decided to charge the 10-year-old and it’s not known what lies ahead for her.
In a statement, State Attorney Monique Worrell said the case was one of the most tragic she’s seen throughout her career.
“Our office has started the process of reviewing this case and will consider all of the facts, including the age of the child and all of the surrounding circumstances when making a charging decision,” it read.
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“We want to be clear in stating that no charging decision has been made by our office. However, we anticipate that whatever charges we eventually file, if any, will ensure she receives the interventions necessary to address her behavior, help her change and grow, and ensure the public's safety going forward.
“We encourage the public to remember—no matter your feelings surrounding this tragedy—this is still a child.
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