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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 7-year-old girl died Tuesday afternoon after police say she was shot by a two-year-old child who got a hold of a gun, and a man is now wanted for questioning.
The tragic shooting happened at the JC Napier homes on Lewis Street just before 1 p.m.
Metro police told News 2 the girl, identified as Harmony Warfield, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a serious injury.
An investigation revealed the girl had been accidentally shot by her 2-year-old cousin.
Authorities say Harmony was inside an apartment with four other relatives—her 29-year-old aunt and three children ages 14, 11, and 2—when the shooting happened.
According to Metro police, the children were in the kitchen when a shot was heard. The 14-year-old reported the 2-year-old was holding a pistol. Police say that pistol has yet to be recovered.
Detectives were reportedly told the aunt’s friend, 27-year-old Anthony Sanders, was outside when the shot was fired, went inside to see what happened, and ran from the area.
Sanders, who has a previous arrest history, is now wanted for questioning by Metro police. Anyone who sees him is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
Harmony was a student at Purpose Preparatory Academy in Nashville. The school released a statement that said in part, “Our hearts grieve the passing of our very own scholar, Harmony Warfield. Our condolences go out to Harmony’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”
The statement continued, “Harmony was a bright child with a positive and caring disposition. She was always smiling and would often walk throughout the hallways with her arms extended ready to hug the next person she saw. She was an avid reader and was always eager to learn new concepts. She loved engaging in activities and field trips with her peers and classmates, and she was a leader in her classroom.”
Visitation for Harmony will be held on June 13 at SAG Funeral Home located at 1503 Buchanan St. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 14 beginning at 11 a.m. at Mount Gilead Baptist Church.