Ferguson Police Search For Gunman After 9-Year-Old Girl Is Fatally Shot

| by Maura Turcotte

Ferguson, Missouri, witnesses another deadly shooting.

Jamyla Bolden was sitting on her mother’s bed with her homework Tuesday night when shots suddenly fired into the house, police say. The little girl, only 9 years old, was hit and died from her wounds shortly after, People reported.

The gunfire also hit the victim’s 34-year-old mother, injuring her in the leg. However, the hospital has since released her and she is expected to make a full recovery.

"I never in a million years thought that I'd be laying my daughter to rest," James Bolden, the 9-year-old’s father, said, according to KMOV.

As of Wednesday night, police have yet to identify a suspect in the attack, but investigators believe that the shots were fired from a close range. Five bullet holes on the exterior of the house are all that remain as evidence of the shooting, the New York Daily News reported.

The home is just one block from West Florissant Ave., which, throughout the past year, served as the center for protests for Michael Brown’s death.

James pleads for anyone with information to go to the authorities.

"Do it for a 9-year-old child that didn't even get to see the rest of the world," he told KMOV.

Jamyla's grandmother ran into the room shortly after the shooting and, as she told the St Louis Post-Dispatch, she held her granddaughter as she died.

"I still have her blood on my hands," the grandmother said, according to People. "She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe."

The little girl, a fourth grader at Koch Elementary School, was described as sweet and soft-spoken, according to the New York Daily News. Her death upsets many in a community where so much struggle has already occurred.

"There needs to be a reevaluation of human life: [whether] black, white, young, seasoned, whether in Ferguson, or areas considered affluent," Pastor Willis Johnson said to KMOV. "This has to stop. This epidemic of lost life under false pretense and of no real significant reason has to change."

Sources: People, NY Daily News, KMOV

Photo Source: KMOV