Police Seek Gunman in Fatal Shooting of Pennsylvania Girl, 10

Taniyah Thomas

Police Seek Gunman in Fatal Shooting of Pennsylvania Girl, 10

Taniyah Thomas of Washington, Pa., was killed on March 31 after being shot in the head during an attempted home invasion.

Published April 3, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Family)

When Taniyah Thomas heard gunfire from outside her apartment door earlier this week, she did what any 10-year-old would do. She headed to her mother's bedroom. 

Thomas' logic cost the Washington, Pennsylvania, girl her life after a stray bullet struck her in the head. Thirty minutes later, Thomas died in a local emergency room.

The apartment had been the target of an attempted home invasion, Washington city police reported. 

"We believe they were going to a specific apartment...and either couldn't get in or just decided to start firing rounds through the door," Lt. Detective Daniel Stanek told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"If she had stayed in her bed, she'd have been safe." 

According to AP, Thomas's mother, 36-year-old Shantye Brown, is currently facing trial on charges that she sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant, and her live-in boyfriend has prior drug-related convictions. 

However, police reportedly questioned the couple and have yet to name or charge any suspects in the pre-dawn shooting. Authorities are now requesting help with finding Thomas's killer.

“They took her life away. I don’t understand it,” the fourth-grader's grandfather, Sherman Brown, said to local media. 

“I just took her last Wednesday to her cheerleading and she was supposed to go tomorrow to Pittsburgh for a competition. Now she can’t go.”

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Written by Patrice Peck


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