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UPDATE: 12-year-old killed in Lumberton shooting identified

Shooting scene on Spring Street in Lumberton Shooting scene on Spring Street in Lumberton
LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) -

A Thursday night shooting rocked the community and claimed the life of a child in Lumberton.

Screams echoed down the street where a 12 year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene of a shooting inside a home on Spring Street in the City of Lumberton.

The deceased girl has been identified as Jayla Sandifer, according to Lamar County Deputy Coroner Anna Miller.

Miller said the body is being sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

Lamar County Sheriff's deputies and Lumberton Police responded to the scene on the dead end road around 9 p.m.

Multiple family members received medical attention from paramedics after being overcome with emotions.

This scene, surrounded in police tape with a large crowd huddled under a street light was personal for the Lumberton Police Chief.

"This is such a tragedy, such an awful horrible tragedy," said Lumberton Police Chief Elsie Cowart.

Cowart choked back tears as she said what a wonderful girl Sandifer was, and what a wonderful family they are.

"We aren't entirely sure what happened inside the home," said Cowart. "We do not have a shooter on the run, but we are trying to determine if it was accidental or something else."

"The whole family, everyone who was inside the home is being questioned at this time," said Cowart.

Cowart added that it is early in the investigation and other details cannot be released at this time.

According to a bystander at the scene who requested to remain anonymous, the victim’s older brother was taken by police for questioning.

Chief Cowart could not confirm that at this time, but did say that no one has been charged.

Cowart said that a weapon was recovered at the scene and that it is a part of the investigation. 

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