Report: Gunfire that killed girl, 11, was retaliation gang shooting

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The shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl sitting at her family’s dinner table was a gang retaliation shooting, according to the arrest report for a 17-year-old suspect arrested in the case.

Erin Hines is being charged as an adult and faces murder, attempted murder and conspiracy charges in the Nov. 1 shooting that killed Angeline Erives when numerous gunshots were fired into her family’s home in the 6700 block of Courtney Michelle Street near Losee Road and Centennial Parkway. Police say the home was mistaken for that of a gang member.

According to the report, Hines was the driver of the car used in the shooting and there were four other people in the vehicle. Three of them got out of the car and shot as many as 30 times at the home. Hines told police, he knew they were going to “shoot up the house” and didn’t want to shoot anyone so he offered to be the driver.

He said the purpose of the trip was to settle a beef for a recent gang shooting. During the drive-by shooting, one of the suspects, 19-year-old Guy Banks III, was fatally wounded and died a few days later.

A neighbor, who is a retired USAF Security Forces Airman, heard the shooting and saw the shooters running in his direction, the report said. He told police, he fired at the suspects, because he perceived them to be a deadly threat.

Shortly after the drive-by shooting, officers were called to investigate a gunshot victim. That victim was Banks, who was a passenger in the getaway vehicle. The other suspects ran from the car before police arrived. Hines had asked another driver in the area to call 9-1-1 when he realized Banks was shot.

Police are still seeking the other suspects in this shooting.

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