Young woman dies after NC park shooting, suspect on the run

Officers could be seen checking the bathrooms at the park with guns drawn. WBTV photo

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (WBTV) — A female who was shot in a Gaston County park Monday afternoon died at the hospital.

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The shooting happened around 3 p.m. in River Street Park in Mt. Holly. This is on N. River Street off of E. Charlotte Avenue.

“I saw police and the news vans. I was like, what is going on here,” one neighbor asked.

The victim’s name has not been released because police say they’re having a hard time identifying her.

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Chief Don Roper described her as a light skinned, black female, who was around 5’1 and between the ages of 12 and 18.

“There’s no identification at this time, but just from looking at the victim, it’s obvious, she’s young,” Roper said.

Neighbor Troy West says the park is always filled with children.

“My kids play here, so I’m kinda shocked. I really don’t know what I think about it,” he said.

Officers could be seen checking the bathrooms at the park with guns drawn. They’re still searching for a suspect, but have some leads.

“I really hope they catch whoever done it,” West said.

There is no word on what may have led to the shooting.

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