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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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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/29/12 - 10:33 pm
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I;m a thinking person, KSL.
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I;m a thinking person, KSL. You tell me. And, what does "own people" mean? Because people share skin color they are defined as "own people." I believe you and I share the same skin color....I don't claim you and you sure probably don't claim me.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/29/12 - 10:31 pm
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doublepost
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doublepost

smokeysbandit
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smokeysbandit 03/29/12 - 10:31 pm
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@ Cobalt.. Thanks. But I must

@ Cobalt.. Thanks. But I must "respectfully" disagree about the downers not knowing the meaning of responsibility but rather think they're afraid of it. (LOL). Just think, if they actually understood what it meant then they could no longer blame someone else for their actions (or lack thereof). I'm far from perfect (heck, I've plenty of friends who'll be glad to tell you that!) but as I said earlier we WERE taught right from wrong, what was real and what wasn't AND what the consequences of our actions would be. A gun is an inanimate object. By itself it can do no harm. But when placed in the hands of one who either does not know how to handle it or just doesn't care about the consequences THEN it becomes dangerous. A pebble lying on the ground was harmless, but when placed into the sling of a young boy who knew how to handle that sling well.. it fell a mighty giant (David & Goliath).

KSL
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KSL 03/29/12 - 10:47 pm
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palmetto, they were blacks

palmetto, they were blacks burning black businesses. They were not on Broad Street, burning those businesses. Have we gotten to the point that we we can not out of political correctness describe hoodlums burning businesses in their own neighborhood with regards to the ethnicity of the neighborhood?

Augusta/Richmond County has a huge population of Chinese. Could I not say a group of Chinese people took out a huge number of Chinese business establishment during a Chinese riot?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 10:44 pm
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palmetto 1008,are you against

palmetto 1008,are you against one person owning another person? If so,please give us your opinion of muslims owning people TODAY. You did know that slavery is still practiced,right?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 10:49 pm
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Since it has been said that

Since it has been said that this kid was targeting this girl,shouldn't we put a bounty on him? Should it be "dead or alive"? How much should the bounty be?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/29/12 - 11:05 pm
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Where are the new black

Where are the new black panthers? Are they calling for this alledged shooter's murder? Have any of these family members been invited to speak before congress? Has hussein phoned the victim's family with his support?

specsta
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specsta 03/29/12 - 11:47 pm
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America is a culture of

America is a culture of violence.

Folks love their guns, their violence in sports, and applaud when "Dirty Harry" blows away some punk. Mothers let their children watch gunfights, explosions, and violent car chases at the movies - but take their kids to the lobby when a partially-nude scene comes on the screen.

This country embraces, worships, packages and sells violence in all its forms. We heartily nod our approval at the latest bunker-busting bomb as it rips a city block apart in some third-world country, not realizing that there are human lives attached to such acts.

Gun shows, gun sales, and weapons conventions are a normal past-time for Americans; get your full-metal jacket here! Need some bullets? WalMart has them 24-hours a day.

Then we act so shocked, so surprised when one of those bullets are put into motion - and someone dies. What else do you think will happen when our society is taught to settle disagreements with angry words, flying fists, or smoking lead? We are VIOLENT, VIOLENT, VIOLENT! Folks get more prison time for possession of a drug, than for taking someone's life.

The US has one of the highest murder rates in the developed world. Yet, we consider ourselves to be the jewel of the world, despite statistics that prove otherwise. We lock up more of our citizens than any other nation on the planet. Our culture of violence is the core reason that our society struggles to contain violent crime. We like it too much. We like guns too much. We like seeing images of violence too much. And we wonder why things are as they are...

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/30/12 - 02:00 am
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Thank the bleeding hearts
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Thank the bleeding hearts specsta. We shouldn't take away law abiding citizens rights because immoral irresponsible losers can't control themselves. The message would be more clear that behavior will not be tolerated if the bleeding hearts of this country and the bleeding heart justice system would punish criminals, especially violent ones and felony thieves appropriately. I'm all for a second chance, we all deserve one because no one is perfect, but 10, 15, 30?? WTH?? We also shouldn't take away the other things just because irresponsible immoral idiots are influenced by games, tv, music or anything else. The most innocent of things can be used maliciously or abused and the worst things can be used moderately and innocently. Thats called being a responsible adult and human being, not to mention free will.

But you are absolutely correct about one thing be a violent criminal and get a small fraction of the punishment you deserve, get 10 duis and its still a small misdemeanor with very very little punishment..... but get caught with some personal smoke that's not hurting anyone by you using it, they try to destroy you and punish you to deter that behavior. And whatever you do, don't allow a businessman the freedom deserved to open a smoking establishment or a place for smokers to smoke for a break during their long day at work, get off the property and not even in your own vehicle, don't give them a place to go for entertainment by an owner who wishes to cater to them, raise cain to take away that freedom, take away the freedom to consume possess and grow your own natural plant made by God or we lock you up....but please please feel free to drive drunk 10 times and get a slap on the wrist, get drunk off of a man made drink that is the root of millions of violent acts a year, kill or almost kill a couple of people and we will still give you chance after chance. Don't smoke cigarettes, don't partake in a lil herb or any other vice one may have as long as you aren't affecting anyone else, But drink drink drink to your hearts content even if you are hurting others or potentially are and but for the grace of God you dont, repeat offend violent crimes and they have more compassion for these immoral criminals than they care about protecting innocent people. WTH?? A bunch of socially dictating idiots and bleeding hearts really have their priorities scrambled up!!!!

avidreader
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avidreader 03/30/12 - 05:55 am
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There is a constant mantra

There is a constant mantra floating around our nation -- "guns don't kill people; people kill people". Even if you are a responsible gun owner, please do not refer to this worn out, banal phrase. I'm sick of hearing it. The adults living in the Harlem residence should also be held accountable. Maybe people should have to participate in some sort of intelligence test before receiving a license to own a gun.

venus_wd
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venus_wd 03/30/12 - 07:34 am
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They need to look into his

They need to look into his Facebook page, all he talks about the days leading up to this event is how much he wants to shoot somebody and watch them stumble. This is no accident. I also believe we need to enact a law that makes gun owners responsible for their guns.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/30/12 - 07:40 am
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Spectsta...if America is NOT

Spectsta...if America is NOT the jewel of the world...tell me what country you are saving up to get yourself to, and I will gladly contribute.

One of the reasons we do suffer in statistical comparison is we allow FAILURE and unconventional behavior without draconian punishment. Want five kids out of wedlock? Go for it. Try that in some of these countries that have better test scores than we do, and they will beat you with a stick, and then have you surgically fixed.

So...where do you want to go?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/30/12 - 07:41 am
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...and Venus...we have those

...and Venus...we have those laws already.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/30/12 - 07:53 am
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Austin, nice to have laws

Austin, nice to have laws that aren't enforced are no laws at all.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/30/12 - 08:03 am
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Austin said.... So...where do

Austin said....

So...where do you want to go?

I want to go where ya never get old & your friends never die.....& everyone is healthy....where is that Austin??

LLArms
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LLArms 03/30/12 - 09:20 am
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As a gunsmith my daughter

As a gunsmith my daughter learned to handle weapons at an early age. With that said, I trust my own daughter, but not other kids. Anytime friends or guests are over they are locked up in a safe or the office is locked up where I do my work.

Often times the problem is that adults who own guns treat them as some forbidden off limits mysterious item and never properly introduce them to their children. When you tell a child never to do something, what do they do?

I want my daughter (who is 5 now) to understand how they work, what they do and in the event her mother is in danger she knows what to do with it.

If parents don't take the time to have the "gun talk" just like the "sex talk" or the "smoking talk" then this is the end result often. Also its fine to trust your own child, but do NOT trust other peoples kids!!!!

An armed society is a polite society.

If you outlaw guns then only outlaws will have them.

Better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6.

David Parker
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David Parker 03/30/12 - 09:21 am
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Guns allowed, people should

Guns allowed, people should be locked up and secured.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 03/30/12 - 09:25 am
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If people could learn one

If people could learn one thing about gun safety it would be "NEVER POINT A GUN, LOADED OR UNLOADED, AT ANOTHER PERSON" Period.

raul
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raul 03/30/12 - 09:36 am
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@smartypants. Are you sure

@smartypants. Are you sure about that? If not, don't spread rumors.

LLArms
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LLArms 03/30/12 - 09:36 am
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Keep the booger picker off

Keep the booger picker off the trigger (or out of the trigger area completely) until ready to fire.

Don't point at anything you are not prepared to destroy.

All weapons are loaded. (When at a store looking at new guns even though I see the clerk clear and check the weapon - I still clear and check it myself after its handed to me)

genwheeler
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genwheeler 03/30/12 - 09:42 am
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Palmetto you need to go check

Palmetto you need to go check your history, worst riots in this country occurred in northern cities. What are America's most dangerous cities --
#1)Detroit, #2)Memphis, #3)Springfield, IL, #4)Flint, MI,#5)Anchorage, AL, #6)Lubbock, Tx, #7)Stockton, CA, #8)Tallahasee, FL, #9)Las Vegas, #10)Rockford, IL. Lot's of northern cities there. If you look past states you see another national trend. Higher crime rates occur in Blue counties -- those that vote democrat -- across the nation.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/30/12 - 09:46 am
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If he was truly talking about

If he was truly talking about this on his Facebook page in days prior, I feel that the police department has an obligation to look into it. This very well may not be an "accident" . You can tell a great deal about people's thoughts and feelings, especially patterns of them, in Facebook postings.

deadline
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deadline 03/30/12 - 10:34 am
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Went to Singapore recently,

Went to Singapore recently, you can walk around in the middle of the night without fear. People there respect and fear the law.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/30/12 - 10:40 am
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you can walk around most of
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you can walk around most of los angeles in the middle of the night without fear. you don't have to go to singapore to get safer than augusta.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 03/30/12 - 12:51 pm
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My grandfather's business was

My grandfather's business was destroyed during the Augusta riots. He was a white/Cherokee man. And I'm sure he wasn't the only non-black business owner who had their place of work destroyed during the riots.

On a different note: I grew up in North Augusta and Augusta. I never realized how much fear is pumped into us (regardless of where you live in the CSRA) until I moved to another state. In Augusta I'd avoid walking alone at night, even in a brightly-lit supermarket parking lot. Where I live now, though, I don't feel unsafe at all. I still am always aware of my surroundings, but the feeling is very different.

i dont play
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i dont play 03/30/12 - 01:18 pm
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dang sooooo sad guns are

dang sooooo sad guns are dangerous

venus_wd
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venus_wd 03/30/12 - 02:07 pm
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His facebook profile is not

His facebook profile is not private... anyone that knows this young man can see for themselves what mentality he fell under.

raul
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raul 03/30/12 - 05:42 pm
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Since the young girl passed

Since the young girl passed away this afternoon, I imagine the charges will be upgraded. Maybe involuntary manslaughter?

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