A two-year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by her own uncle during a family dispute in a Maine resort, sources said Sunday.
Octavia Jean Huber-Young was killed when her uncle Andrew Huber-Young opened fire during the fight in Wells. Two other men were injured in the shooting, the Portland Press Herald said.
Andrew Huber-Young, 19, was taken into custody and charged with murder, Maine State Police said, with more charges awaiting from the triple shooting.
The young girl was taken to hospital on Saturday afternoon, where she later succumbed to her injuries, authorities said.
An autopsy is to be carried out in the coming days.
An uncle of the young victim, Craig Higgins, said the two injured men were Octavia’s father and grandfather. Andrew Huber-Young is the brother of Octavia’s father, Ethan Huber-Young, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Higgins said in a Facebook post, “A piece of me died with (Octavia) today.”
“I am so angry at the world, even at God himself. Why did God have to take our precious little Octavia. I just don’t understand why anyone would get angry and turn that anger into violence and shoot an innocent little 2 year old girl,” Higgins said in the post. “Octavia was such a precious little girl.”
Higgins said Andrew was thrown out of the house. He left but later returned and began shooting, hitting Ethan twice while holding his daughter.
Samantha Higgins told WGME CBS 13 that her daughter is full of life.
“Whenever she wanted my attention, she would always grab my finger and bring me to her room and play with her. And she always loved to get outside and play on her swing set,” Samantha Higgins told the TV network.
Maine authorities declined to confirm the relationship between the suspected shooter and the three victims in a news release Sunday.
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