Community mourns death of 8-year-old NC girl killed in Gaffney

Total shock after a young girl is killed in a neighborhood shooting relating to gang violence.

GAFFNEY, S.C. - A family and their community continue to mourn after an eight-year-old was shot and killed by a stray bullet while she was sitting on a couch.

It happened just after 1 a.m on Sunday at an apartment on West Buford Street in Gaffney.

The Cherokee County coroner said Kamryn Bradley was sitting on a couch when someone began firing a gun into the apartment.

One of the bullets hit her in the back of the head.

Investigators believe the shooting was gang-related, and Kamryn wasn't the intended target.

She was a rising third grader at Boiling Springs Elementary in Cleveland County.

In a statement, the school system said:

"Our hearts are broken as this tragic occurrence took the life of one of our beloved children. Upon the return of students next Monday, we will surround our little ones with an abundance of love, care, and support. On behalf of Boiling Springs Elementary and Cleveland County Schools, we extend our sincere condolences to the immediate and school families as they will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time."

NBC Charlotte spoke briefly to Kamryn's paternal grandmother who said the family isn't ready to talk on-camera.

Charlie Gray lived two doors down from the shooting, and he said violence wasn't a problem in this neighborhood.

"It's very sad that an innocent young lady lost her life," Gray said. "I'm just a loss for words right now."

Police haven't identified any suspects as of Tuesday evening.

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