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Boy, 14, arrested in shooting of Harlem girl, 13

Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:52 PM
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Authorities arrested a 14-year-old Harlem boy Thursday after police say he shot a 13-year-old girl in the face by accident inside a Harlem home.

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Harlem Public Safety Officer Brian Williams walks up to a Keener Street home. Police arrested a 14-year-old boy after police say he shot a girl, 13, in the face by accident inside the home.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Harlem Public Safety Officer Brian Williams walks up to a Keener Street home. Police arrested a 14-year-old boy after police say he shot a girl, 13, in the face by accident inside the home.

About 4 p.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to a home in the 100 block of Keener Street, near downtown Harlem, to assist Harlem Public Safety in the investigation of a shooting. The victim, Ellie Kelly, of the 6200 block of Otis Way in Harlem, was found shot once in the face while three other people were inside the one-story brick home, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

The shooting is being ruled accidental, Harlem Public Safety Director David Sward said.

Information surrounding the cause of the shooting won’t be released until the investigation is complete, he added.

“We’re still trying to get all of our facts straight, but we do know she wasn’t shot on purpose,” Sward said.

Kelly was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she is being treated, Morris said. Because Kelly was admitted with a gunshot wound, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Scott said she was unable to release the girl’s condition per hospital policy.

The boy, whose name is not being released, was charged with reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under 18. He was transferred to the Re­gional Youth Detention Center, Morris said.

A .38-caliber handgun was found in the home, he said.

Both the sheriff’s office and Harlem Public Safety will continue to investigate the case.

William Cox, 15, who was standing outside the home as investigators combed through the crime scene, said he didn’t know Kelly well but added she is “pretty nice.” Cox, an eighth-grader at Har­lem Middle School, said Kelly is in the seventh grade at the school.

Columbia County school board member Mike Sleeper said both Harlem Middle and North Harlem Elementary schools were placed on lockdown Thursday but didn’t want to speculate why. Sleeper said the school board will release a statement today.

This is the second time in 14 months that a Harlem girl was shot by a teenage boy. In January 2011, Alana May Calahan, 14, was fatally shot inside her Miles Road home. Her 15-year-old friend Lacy Aaron Schmidt was convicted of her murder Feb. 10 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

It’s also the second time this week a youth has been charged with shooting another child.

On Monday afternoon, 10-year-old Hunter Morris was fatally shot at a neighbor’s home in Plantation Acres Mobile Homes. A 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the shooting, which the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has said appears to be accidental.

Staff Writers Barry Paschal and Garth Snow contributed to this article.

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happychimer
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happychimer 03/29/12 - 06:08 pm
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Another source says the girl

Another source says the girl died.When will adults learn to lock up guns where kids can't get them? If they can't do that, then get rid of your guns.

saltine
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saltine 03/29/12 - 06:10 pm
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one incident is suppose to be

one incident is suppose to be at the school, another is at a resident

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/29/12 - 06:13 pm
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The victim is still alive at

The victim is still alive at this moment...in critical condition...no one is being sought...they have the case about wrapped up, and will be commenting further in a few minutes. This happened in a residence...no school...
All this from Capt. Steve Morris. CCSD

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 03/29/12 - 06:22 pm
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Why is it every time

Why is it every time something happens on Harlem the police there "turn it over to Columbia County SO"???? Why can't they work in conjunction with the SO? Darn, they've got a new chief, renovating a building, pay a city manager (who doesn't even live in the CSRA) and they can't investigate things in their own city limits?? Jeeezzze

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/29/12 - 06:29 pm
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lock up your guns. your kid
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lock up your guns. your kid knows where the guns are. your kid is not as responsible as you keep telling us. lock it up.

Jake
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Jake 03/29/12 - 06:33 pm
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What is wrong with your area

What is wrong with your area down there? Could it be a proliferation of weapons that many seem to endorse?

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 06:41 pm
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Might have something to do

Might have something to do with irresponsible behavior that seems so much more prevalent than when we were growing up.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/29/12 - 06:41 pm
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Why are the schools on
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Why are the schools on lockdown, was this intentional and the boy is still on the loose??

LouLou
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LouLou 03/29/12 - 06:42 pm
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Heaven help these children

Heaven help these children because someone else is not looking after them.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/29/12 - 06:42 pm
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I tell ya I'm so sick and
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I tell ya I'm so sick and tired of irresponsible parents it not funny. Watch your kids, keep your guns locked up, if you can't do that.....don't have any!!!!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/29/12 - 06:49 pm
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Jake, it has nothing to do
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Jake, it has nothing to do with that. Doesn't matter how many are produced or how easy they are to get. When you have irresponsible people who don't watch their kids, raise them right, or keep deadly weapons away from them things happen. As they say "you can't fix stupid" and you can't force responsibility especially when there's a government and society full of bleeding hearts who take "personal responsibility" out of everyone's lives. They get too used to being that way and only get worse instead of better.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 06:55 pm
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Well said, GaStang! Wait,

Well said, GaStang! Wait, where is it? It's good even if it's not appearing here.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/29/12 - 06:56 pm
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I'm with you, KSL. And when

I'm with you, KSL. And when are the gun owners who choose to be irresponsible with those guns going to be held accountable if a youth takes possession of that gun and kills someone? If you own a weapon, it is your responsibility to keep it out of the hands of minors. Lock it up! How many more kids are going to be harmed or killed?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/29/12 - 07:04 pm
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Like thousands of others, my

Like thousands of others, my siblings and I knew where our father kept his guns from a very early age. We also understood and accepted their purpose and limits. What ever is happening, it needs to be fixed right here in the CSRA. Even one loss, is too many. I am praying for her to have a second chance. God bless her.

Jake
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Jake 03/29/12 - 07:06 pm
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The more weapons available,

The more weapons available, the more chances for people to be irresponsible.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 07:14 pm
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I have a friends who own a

I have a friends who own a lot of weapons, which they keep locked up. Now how does that work, Jake, if all are locked up?

Nope, the problem is personal irresponsibility, not the number of weapons.

We hung my husbands double barreled shot gun over the fireplace when we bought our current house. Our boys were 2 and 4. The gun was not loaded and they never knew where he kept the shells. They never expressed any interest in it despite the fact that it was used to shoot at a nerf football that got stuck high up in a tree. They were just glad to get their nerf football back. Plus, it became easier to throw!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/29/12 - 07:17 pm
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Well Jake that theory to me
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Well Jake that theory to me doesn't work. I believe n person responsibility, unless you are defrauded. There are certain food related diseases and health issues with being overweight. Do we start limiting food choices and restaurants because the large availability is whats causing people to overeat? Do we stop producing cars because the world has enough and the more we produce the more chance of irresponsible drivers and drunks to kill? Your logic is flawed in my opinion, and just goes to prove my point of how instead of enforcing personal responsibility, we baby grown adults because they WON'T be responsible.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/29/12 - 07:20 pm
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Thanks KSL. Ya know, you
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Thanks KSL. Ya know, you would think with all the publicity on all the bad things happening in the past month with the children, people would be more aware, at least for a little while. But noooo, a few more let their 2 year olds wander away...did you hear about the one hit by a car on washington road the other day? Then you have in less than a week 2 kids getting killed. Though irresponsible most of the time...at least for a little bit you would think they would be a little more careful. I guess if you are irresponsible and don't care....nothing will change that.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/29/12 - 07:25 pm
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Exactly Willow. My dad never
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Exactly Willow. My dad never had guns most of our lives though we did learn about them because other family members and friends parents had them and he didn't trust they would always be 100% responsible with them, but in our late teens he got some and we were prepared. We took a gun safety course, practiced with them and learned how they worked, the consequences of using them and not to mention he taught us you NEVER touch something that doesn't belong to you or that you don't have permission to use.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 03/29/12 - 07:32 pm
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A recipe for tragedy: Guns

A recipe for tragedy: Guns around the house, loaded, because of fear of thugs and methheads. Absentee parents due to having to work to get by. And last but not least, buying video games that theme on combat and desensitize players to violence. Nowhere in this report was irresponsible gun ownership mentioned. At least not yet.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/29/12 - 07:55 pm
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no one wants to take your
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no one wants to take your guns. we want you to keep them out of the hands of kids. we insist. yes, lots of us knew where the guns were and didn't touch them. the odds are not ten in ten that the kid will take the gun, but that doesn't mean, as we've seen, that none do. what is the common factor other than availability? many seem convinced that gun safety is the key. can we get some data on that? if that's a real substitute for locking them up, i'd love to see the research or else let's please let's start tracking that. otherwise, the common factor seems to be accessibility.

gutdawg
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gutdawg 03/29/12 - 08:02 pm
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@ Cynical old woman, what

@ Cynical old woman, what does any of your concerns have to do with the fact that a young life has been lost? Harlem does not have investigators, the new building has nothing to do with the situation, and given the nature of the scene, the coronor must be involved. Oh, and the City Manager not living in the CSRA has nothing to do with this incident . You should be more concerned about the families of these kids involved. Correct me if I'm wrong, " but being called in" is working in conjunction".

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/29/12 - 08:08 pm
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At 4pm this afternoon

At 4pm this afternoon investigators responded to 145 Keener Street in Harlem to offer assistance in a shooting investigation. The 13 year old victim was shot once in the face while inside the home where 3 other subjects were present. The victim was airlifted to Georgia Health Sciences Emergency Room where she is currently being treated. A weapon, 38 caliber handgun, was recovered from the scene. The shooter, a 14 year boy from Harlem, GA., was charged with Reckless Conduct, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Under 18 and released to RYDC. Investigation continues.

VICTIM:
Ellie Kelly
6214 Otis Way
Harlem, GA

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:12 pm
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How about classes for young

How about classes for young children about the danger of guns, if parents are being irresponsible? I think parents are supposed to teach children about that, but then, it does parallel another popular topic, sex education. Some generations ago we started having a serious problem with unwed mothers who needed to be set up and provided for so as not to punish their children. Seems to me, the next step is requiring us to provide for their lack of responsibility rearing those children when it comes to the dangers of guns. I think we have skipped at least one generation, these youngsters shooting each other in their teens and preteens, that's my grandchildren's ages.

I firmly believe children should not be allowed to have children.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/29/12 - 08:10 pm
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There has been a secondary

There has been a secondary release from Capt. Morris correcting the age of the shooter to 14.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:16 pm
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Classes for children in this

Classes for children in this incident now seems to be a non-issue. Here, we have a cultural problem, not a knowledge problem.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:20 pm
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Could someone explain why a

Could someone explain why a shooting at a home would necessitate the cancellation of a baseball game at a middle school?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/29/12 - 08:29 pm
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KSL, I agree that kids at a

KSL, I agree that kids at a young age need to be taught that guns are a weapon and not a toy. My dad had guns in the house growing up but we knew better than to even go look at it. We were taught to shoot, under the supervison of my father and later at a gun range when I worked in law enforcement. It seems the parents need classes/lessons concerning gun safety and parental responsiblity also.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:34 pm
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The main thing that needs to

The main thing that needs to be taught is responsibility, kids and parents. On responsibility in this day and time, a lot of people get a FAIL. These kids having these kids don't have a clue about responsibility. How can they teach it. They are reaping their "non rewards."

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 08:43 pm
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How do we know where the kid

How do we know where the kid got the gun? Are we sure the gun belonged to the adults living there?

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