South Carolina

December 3, 2013

Reports: Small child shot, killed in Hartsville

According to Pee Dee television stations, a 21-month-old girl is the victim.

A 21-month-old girl was shot and killed on Monday in Hartsville, according to reports from multiple Pee Dee television stations.

WMBF, WPDE and others are saying the shooting took place at a home on Bell Avenue following an argument between adults. It is unclear whether the girl was a bystander or the target of the shooting.

The television stations are reporting early Tuesday morning that police have someone in custody and are questioning them.

"Our hearts are heavy tonight as a city mourns a senseless act of violence, ending the life of an innocent little angel," Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington posted on Twitter in the hours following the shooting. "We have a responsibility to protect our citizens and our city. We must deploy stronger measures in high crime areas -- immediately."

For more coverage, follow this story from WPDE.

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