A 13-year-old girl in Texas was killed and her friend was seriously injured when they were shot while walking home on Friday afternoon.
News Channel 6 reports that Lauren Landavazo and Makayla Smith, both 13, were shot on Friday at 3 p.m. while walking home from One McNeil Middle School in the small town of Wichita Falls. The girls were found on the scene with gunshot wounds. They were rushed to the hospital where Landavazo died from her injuries and Smith is currently in critical condition.
Since the shooting occurred in broad daylight, there were some eyewitnesses. The suspect is described as a white male, possibly between 16 and 18 years of age, with curly brown hair and armed with a gun.
The New York Daily News reports that Sgt. Herald McClure said at this time they do not have any information indicating "this was just a random shooting."
Wichita Falls School District issued a statement on Facebook:
Good evening, WFISD Parents and Staff. Today after school there was a tragic off-campus situation involving two girls from McNiel Middle School. I am saddened to report that one of those girls passed away and the other is in guarded condition. Please know that the district is coordinating efforts to provide grief counselors for students. As soon as we have more information about those resources, we will pass that along to you. As a district, we are saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved.
Authorities ask anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 940-322-9888. There is a reward for credible information.
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