7-year-old dies after Forest City shooting, suspect charged with murder

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FOREST CITY, N.C. (WSPA) – A 7-year-old has died after a shooting in Forest City that happened on Tuesday, according to Forest City Police.

We previously reported the shooting happened Tuesday when the Forest City Police Department responded to a report that a child had been shot inside of a car on Oak Street.

When officers arrived on scene, they say they found two individuals removing a 7-year- old girl from a car.

She was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Officers requested assistance from the Forest City Fire Department and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services. A short time later, medical personnel requested further assistance from Regional One air ambulance.

The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. According to police, 7-year-old Aaliyah Norris died at the hospital Thursday morning.

Forest City Dunbar Elementary School released a statement on Thursday.

“The Forest City – Dunbar family is incredibly saddened at the loss of one of our students Aaliyah Norris. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers. If your child is in need of support coping during this difficult time, feel free to reach out to the school.”

Detectives learned that the suspected offender in the incident was Shaquille Marshon Francis, 26, of Forest City.

Wednesday, Forest City Police arrested Francis without incident.

He is now being charged with murder. Bond was reassessed at $10 million.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Forest City Police Department or Rutherford County Communications to speak with an officer.

Information can also be sent to Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 286-TIPS.

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