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Child shooting victim dies; ID released

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Officials have named the four-year-old girl who died after a shooting in Americus.

According to a report, four-year-old Assata Snipes was shot early Tuesday morning at a home on Georgia Avenue.

Snipes was taken to a hospital in Macon, where she later died at 7 p.m. the same day.

"Some type of altercation took place between some parties," said Danny Jackson with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "When [officers] arrived, they discovered that a 4 year old female child had been shot."

The GBI and Americus Police launched a joint investigation into the shooting, but did not elaborate further as to how it happened.

Officials also said that a window in the home had bullet holes in it where the girl was shot.

Police do not believe it was a drive-by shooting.

No suspects were named in the case as of Wednesday night.

"We're continuing to run leads and to follow up on leads to try to determine what happened and who's responsible for it," said Jackson.


The GBI issued this release Wednesday morning:

A joint investigation by the Americus office of the GBI and the Americus Police Department continues into the fatal shooting incident which occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, December, 30, 2014. 

The shooting incident occurred at 802-B Georgia Avenue, Americus, Georgia which resulted in the death of a four year child, Assata Snipes. 

The victim was transported to a Macon hospital where she died at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening.

The investigation into the matter is still ongoing and no other information will be released at this time. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the GBI office in Americus at (229) 931-2439 or the Americus Police Department at (229)924-3677.

A window had holes in it at 802 Georgia Avenue, where the girl was shot.

"Some type of altercation took place between some parties," said Danny Jackson of the GBI. "When [officers] arrived, they discovered that a 4 year old female child had been shot."

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