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Teen charged with murder in stray-bullet death of 8-year-old girl

The suspect has been hiding for nearly a month at a relative's home in Tennessee, authorities said.
Gabrielle Hill-Carter, 8, was hit by a stray bullet in Camden last month.Camden County Prosecutor's Office

A Camden teenager has been charged with the first-degree murder of an 8-year-old girl last month, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced.

U.S. Marshals arrested Tyhan Brown, 18, in Clarksville, Tennessee, where investigators said he has been hiding at his uncle's home for nearly a month, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Brown is being held on $250,000 bail as he awaits extradition to New Jersey.

Gabrielle Hill Carter was riding her bike across the street from her home on the 900 block of Eighth Streeton Aug. 24 when she was caught in a shootout. She was struck in the head by a stray bullet in the crossfire, and died two days later at Cooper University Hospital.

The shooting isbelieved to be caused by gang violence, and more arrests are expected, Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson told the Inquirerlast week.

The case of Hill Carter's death had been stalled in recent weeks by two women who were charged with hindering the investigation. Shakia Land, Brown's mother, was arrested earlier in September for providing a false alibi for her son. Brown's girlfriend, Natasha Gerald, was charged Sept. 22 andfaces similar charges and up to five years in prison if convicted.

 

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