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North Carolina Man Detained for Shooting Girl, 6, And Her Parents

A North Carolina man turned himself in Thursday in Florida in connection with a shooting of two adults and a child this week. Robert Louis Singletary, 24, allegedly shot a 6-year-old girl and her parents after their basketball rolled into his yard and the family went to retrieve it. "I want to say to the people of Gaston County – this sort of violence will not stand," said Gaston County Police Chief Stephen Zill. The incident follows violence in Missouri, New York, and Texas in which everyday mistakes led to shootings. On Tuesday, 911 operators received a call about a man firing a gun outside of homes in a neighborhood south of Gastonia, USA Today reports. Jamie White, who had run to aid his daughter, was shot in the back and was hospitalized with serious wounds. The child, Kinsley White, was grazed by a bullet in the left cheek; she was treated and released. The girl's mother, Ashley Hilderbrand, who was grazed by a bullet in the elbow, was also treated and released. Singletary shot at another man but missed.

According to WSOC-TV, young children were playing basketball when the ball rolled down the street and into the man's yard. The man became enraged and began shooting. Singletary had yelled at the children on several occasions since moving into the neighborhood, said a neighbor. Singletary went into his home and came back out with a gun and began shooting. "As soon as I saw him coming out shooting, I was hollering at everybody to get down and get inside," said a witness. Singletary faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The Gaston County Police Department said Singletary is scheduled to appear in court in Hillsborough County, Fl., on Friday regarding his extradition back to North Carolina.


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