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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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Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 03/29/12 - 07:53 pm
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@gut....per the news report

@gut....per the news report the young girl is still alive. My post is just reflective of my total frustration of the constant shootings and loss of lives that the CSRA is experiencing. However, I do wonder a lot about the "inner workings" of Harlem. The original news report that I read stated the investigation "was being turned over.". My heart aches for these young folks involved and their families. What responsibility do the parents of the shooter (assuming they are the gun owners) have? Should they be prosecuted?

Jake
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Jake 03/29/12 - 08:05 pm
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Welcome to the Masters, our

Welcome to the Masters, our out of town visitors. Please leave your weapons at home. It seems we have plenty enough to worry about with the ones we have here.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/29/12 - 08:02 pm
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Yes, KSL. The southern
Unpublished

Yes, KSL. The southern subculture of violence....where the murder and other violent crime rate has ALWAYS been the highest in the nation....as well as gun ownership. Not to mention lynch mobs.

mishelle
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mishelle 03/29/12 - 08:06 pm
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First of all Jake the problem

First of all Jake the problem isn't gun owner ship but parents who own the guns. Second today's culture has changed from many years ago. Used to be I Love Lucy where Desi and Lucy slept in separate beds to having obvious sex displayed on afternoon television. You've got music publicizing drugs, murder and sex in young adults ears non-stop. America spends billions of dollars on Hollywood and the Music Industry pushing the very images we look down our noses on when it comes to the every day person. Maybe if we stopped buying the music rappers put out with countless songs on a CD promoting shooting someone, and actually took a stand against this kind of behavior we could save the future of our children. Your argument seems to be against our right to bear arms. It's funny how that's been something our nation started with, yet our kids killing each other with guns is something that started when Hollywood took over raising our children. It used to be moms were always home with the children, not giving them the opportunity to do what are kids are doing today! Before bashing our constitution for hundreds of years that many men fought and died for, that has been working just fine, maybe take a look at other possible reasons. I mean if you look at the young man's facebook, you can see drugs and violence was something he imitated from the very music he listened to.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 08:08 pm
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KSL & ICL, your comments are

KSL & ICL, your comments are the closest to truth to the problem of children killing children.

What purpose does it serve to have a weapon if it is locked up. Might as will not have one......Responsible parents is the key and the blaming of Videos is BS.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 08:15 pm
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Parents are the only

Parents are the only fault.....not the gun.

Most 14 - 15 year old knows how to drive a car........do you lock up your car keys?

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:18 pm
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Palmetto, I do hope you are

Palmetto, I do hope you are aware of the race riots that occurred in NYC during the Civil War. Oh, wait, that was long ago erased from the history books. It seems that those nice northerners were somewhat opposed to blacks coming north and taking their jobs. And there were some serious problems. But it's always the southern people who have to be on the hook.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:19 pm
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Oh, and check out the

Oh, and check out the lynching facts.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:20 pm
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Jake, I would be telling them

Jake, I would be telling them at this point not to leave their weapons at home.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:21 pm
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With the amount of

With the amount of responsibility some of the parents of today are teaching, CG, perhaps they should lock up the car keys.

specsta
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specsta 03/29/12 - 08:24 pm
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Two young children shot by

Two young children shot by other children within a couple of days using unsecured firearms - these are completely unnecessary tragedies. You can blame the NRA, right-wing media, right-wing politicians and gun-loving Americans for this mess.

Guns exit for one purpose only - to kill. And they do that job really well. How many more kids have to die via a traveling bullet before folks understand that real life and shooting a gun in real life is not some video game or tv show?

elizabethejl
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elizabethejl 03/29/12 - 08:27 pm
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the adults will not start

the adults will not start locking the guns up until the police start locking them up!!! I hate that the parents are not being charged with something!! start making a point with these parents and maybe the rest will listen

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:33 pm
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Responsible gun owners need

Responsible gun owners need protection from the irresponsible ones.

hotgeorgiapeach28
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hotgeorgiapeach28 03/29/12 - 08:34 pm
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Here is alittle heads up to

Here is alittle heads up to all of you that read this article...someone on fb that read this as well somehow found his fb page. And they read his post about her and friends of his commented on his remarks. He was targeting her, and according to one of the post he beat her up yesterday. He was after her acoording to his wall post but..by the time I tried to read them his page was made private. The chronicle removed the fb link due the fact ppl were giving out his name so his fb page could be searched. Hopefully someone that actually read his wall post will call the police and let them know they need to read his fb page.

smokeysbandit
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smokeysbandit 03/29/12 - 08:34 pm
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When my brother and I were

When my brother and I were growing up our father kept a loaded shotgun in the closet and a loaded handgun on the bedstand. He warned us not to mess with either one because "if the gun doesn't kill you, I will! We knew he meant it! Was he irresponsible? Not in the least bit. See, our parents taught us right from wrong, (responsibility). Why they even let us watch Saturday morning cartoons! But, they also taught us that what we saw in the cartoons was not real. As someone pointed out earlier it's children having children not having the maturity to teach their children the consequences of their actions.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 08:38 pm
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specsta, "exist" and I won't

specsta, "exist" and I won't even go there with you on that one. BS.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 08:43 pm
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Smoky....That is the true

Smoky....That is the true point, good post.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 08:45 pm
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specsta,how do you propose we

specsta,how do you propose we uninvent guns?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 08:50 pm
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Smoky, I see you got a downer

Smoky, I see you got a downer on that one.....must be an individual who doesn't know the meaning of "Responsibility"

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/29/12 - 08:51 pm
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KSL, I'm well aware of the
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KSL, I'm well aware of the lynching facts. 90 percent occurred in the south...supporting the southern suculture of violence thesis. Even today: disproportionatey under-educated and armed...a scary combination.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:53 pm
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spec, do you allow dangerous

spec, do you allow dangerous cleaning products to be accessed by pre-schoolers? Aren't we as parents taught to keep those dangerous products out of the reach of children? Why does that not translate? Of course it does. You don't punish the responsible parents just because there are those who are not responsible unless you are one to one to dumb down all and treat them equally because a small percentage are inept.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 08:53 pm
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specsta,which kills more

specsta,which kills more young people-cars or guns? It would seem that the one that kills the most would be the "killing only tool".

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 08:59 pm
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You want to go off on that

You want to go off on that tangent? You want to live in the past or do you want to be glad that it's over and most of us are well beyond that. Do you want to pursue that issue and screw up my friendships and work relationships with numerous black people? Do you really want to bring back all of that?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 08:59 pm
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palmetto1008,one of the main

palmetto1008,one of the main reasons we have to keep our guns is because we never know when the new black panthers might put a bounty on one of us just for being white and a southerner.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 09:02 pm
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copper....lol

copper....lol

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 09:02 pm
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The southern culture of

The southern culture of violence. I thought that was the wild west. Both incorrect descriptions.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/29/12 - 09:07 pm
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Darn KSL, this northern boy

Darn KSL, this northern boy never knew southern culture of violence untill I moved close to Augusta....

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 09:11 pm
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Well, I grew up here in the

Well, I grew up here in the south and I didn't know of a Southern culture of violence until I read the goings on in Augusta.

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 09:17 pm
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I stand by that statement.

I stand by that statement. Violence, civil rights. Burnings in Atlanta, but not my home town near Atlanta. Burnings in Augusta, but not in Aiken. Saw both. Saw the flames of the burnings in Augusta from where I live. My first thought was, why the heck are you burning the businesses of your own people? Think about the possible reasons. If you are a thinking person, you should come to some very eye opening conclusions.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 09:30 pm
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KSL,it is somewhat akin to

KSL,it is somewhat akin to trashing a walgreens

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