11-year-old killed in possible gang-related shooting in Lexington Co.

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:50 PM EDT
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BATESBURG, S.C. (WIS) - Two children were shot in what authorities are calling a gang-related shooting in Lexington County, officials say.

According to officials, an 11-year-old girl was shot and killed in the 700 block of Madera Road in Batesburg around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. That’s the Rocky Lane Trailer Park.

Ta’shya Michelle Jay, 11, of Leesville, was pronounced dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed.

Ta’shya’s mother, Shandreka Jay, said they were visiting a friend and had only been in the area for 10 minutes when the shooting occurred.

Jay said her daughter was in another room on the phone with one of her friends when shots came through the home, hitting her daughter in the face.

Jay said she found her daughter lying face down in the hallway unresponsive.

Fisher also said another child was shot and is being treated at an area hospital. Thankfully, she is expected to survive.

Neighbors said they heard three shots around 10:30 p.m.

There was a party happening at a home near where the girls were staying, officials said.

Witnesses told investigators that an argument at the party sparked the shooting. They said as people left the party, someone opened fire on other mobile homes.

Resident Joseph Smith said he heard people shouting before hearing gunshots and cars speeding away. He said he had been sleeping on his couch and if he had gone into his bedroom, he might have also been shot.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said multiple homes and vehicles were damaged as a result of the gunfire.

“Witnesses told us early on they thought this was gang-related,” the sheriff said. “We hope community members will come forward and share tips with us as they find out about what happened.”

Koon said anyone with information about potential suspects should contact CrimeStoppers.

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