7-year-old shooting victim's teenage uncle was intended target, police say

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/10/2018) - Police believe the bullets that hit 7-year-old Zaniyah Burns in the head and killed her late Tuesday was intended for her uncle.

Z'naiah Burns, 7, was shot and killed inside her home in the 200 block of Austin Avenue in Flint on Tuesday evening.

Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson said investigators believe the 16-year-old uncle likely was the target of the shooting in the 200 block of Austin Avenue, the Associated Press reported.

Burns was in the residence with her mother and other family members when bullets fired outside hit her. She died almost instantly of two gunshot wounds to the head, said Michigan State Police Sgt. Duane Zook.

Her great-grandfather, William Long, believes five or six shots were fired from Ruth Street a block north.

Burns was a second grader at New Standards Academy near the scene. A makeshift memorial of balloons were placed outside the house to remember her.

The Flint Police Department and Michigan State Police had K-9 teams searching for a suspect in the neighborhood late Tuesday. A police helicopter also was circling overhead for part of the evening while officers went door to door looking for a suspect.

Police were still searching for the suspect on Wednesday. No description or suspect information was released.


Balloons hang from the door of 7-year-old Zaniyah Burns' home on Austin Avenue in Flint the day after she was shot and killed.
Police believe the gunshots that killed 7-year-old Zaniyah Burns came from this empty lot across the street from her house in the 200 block of Austin Avenue in Flint.
Balloons hang from the door of 7-year-old Zaniyah Burns' home on Austin Avenue in Flint the day after she was shot and killed.
This window has two bullet holes from the gunshots that killed 7-year-old Zaniyah Burns in her home Tuesday evening.


 
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