Sleeping girl, 12, shot and killed in Alabama shooting

A 12-year-old girl was shot to death while sleeping in her home in Birmingham, Alabama, police said.

Audriana Pearson, who would have celebrated her 13th birthday on January 17, was killed as she shared a bed with two friends on Wednesday as at least 17 bullets were fired into the home, local police said.

The incident took place around 1.50 am. in the 500 Block of 16th Avenue NW, Police Sergeant Monica Law told the media.

Police have arrested three people and are investigating the death.

Ms Law said: “They were arrested following a vehicle chase. We believe these people are connected to the murder.”

The victim was a seventh-grader at Erwin Middle School, according to the Jefferson County school system. “No one should have to endure this kind of pain. We are sorry for everyone who knew Audriana,” said Superintendent Dr Walter Gonsoulin.

“To the person(s) responsible: Your reckless actions are inexcusable. You robbed one of our children of a chance to grow up.”

“Audriana was a bright young lady with a great future. She was very personable and loved hanging out with her friends and favorite teachers,” Erwin Middle School Principal Dr. Angela Bush said, according to Alabama’s

“I met with Audriana’s family earlier today and offered my condolences on behalf of the Erwin High School family. We mourn with them and are ready to support them. I also want to say to our students, faculty and staff that we will get through this tragedy together,” Ms. Bush said.

Mayor Randall Woodfin said 17 bullets were fired into the home. On his Facebook page, the mayor wrote: “Her family is spending this season making arrangements for their daughter.”

“Pearson was ready to enjoy her Christmas break. But while she was sleeping in her bed last night, her life was taken. He was the victim of a drive-by, another one of our children stolen from us due to the willful and reckless behavior of others,” Mr Woodfin wrote.

“There is very little to be happy about in households where laughter has been silenced by gunfire and it breaks my heart.”

Meanwhile, the police statement said: “Families are left hurt, angry and suffering at the hands of others and we are tired of our communities being destroyed by senseless killings. No family deserves to deal with the murder of a loved one. especially when the victim is a child who should have had many more years to learn and grow.

“Children deserve to be safe at home with their families and enjoy the holiday season. They don’t deserve to be shot while they are in their own home where they expect comfort and safety.”

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