In a press release, Lt. Brian Miller said a call came in to the Sparks Police Department just before 3 p.m. reporting a shooting inside one of the units at The Meadows apartments at 105 E. Prater Way. The caller said a male subject had entered the residence through a window, shot the girl, then escaped through the window.
According to Miller, police found strong evidence suggesting the girl was not shot by an intruder. Upon further interviewing, the victim’s 17-year-old brother admitted to handling a gun and accidentally shooting his sister.
The brother is being charged with involuntary manslaughter and minor in possession of a firearm. He will be booked into Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Facility.
The firearm was recovered and there are no outstanding suspects in this case, police said.
Within an hour of the shooting, various other residents and friends gathered at the apartment complex, located just west of Dilworth school. Antonio Garcia, 16, who lives in the complex, said he had just recently seen the slain girl playing with her younger sister. Garcia said gang activity is something that all the residents of this apartment complex worry about.
“Well, yeah, man, this is the ghetto,” Garcia said.
Ron Niles, who said he has lived at The Meadows for “eight months too long,” said he was on his way to give notice that he was moving out of the complex when he saw the police activity associated with the shooting. He said there was a shooting a few months ago in the same courtyard, though no one was hurt.
“I’m just going to leave,” Niles said. “It’s not safe for my kids.”
The victim’s schoolmates gathered outside her apartment began collecting candles to hold a vigil later in the evening. They said she was a good friend who was popular, happy and funny.
“She always found a way to make us laugh,” one friend said.
“She was a good friend,” another said, “a really, really good friend.”
“She was always there for you,” another added.