TThe man accused of shooting a 6-year-old girl and her parents Tuesday in North Carolina after a basketball landed on their lawn turned himself in to police in Florida on Thursday.
Robert Singletary of Gastonia, North Carolina, was wanted on four counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury and one count of possession of a weapon of fire by a criminal.
MAN HUNT POLICE SAY SHOTS 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND HER PARENTS AFTER BALL ROLLS ACROSS HIS LAWN
Gaston County Police Department
Singletary was arrested in Tampa, Fla., around 4:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the Gaston County Police Department, which added that he had no identification. Singletary will be extradited back to Gaston County, North Carolina, and will have a court appearance on Friday.
The shooting occurred Tuesday evening while the children were playing outside and a basketball rolled onto Singletary’s lawn, prompting her to yell for the children to retrieve it. One of the children told their father, who then went to Singletary’s house and told him that if he had a problem, he should talk to the adult neighbors, not the children.
According to reports, Singletary entered his home, got out with a gun and began shooting at his neighbors, hitting a 6-year-old girl, Kinsley White, her mother, Ashley Hilderbrand, and her father, William White. Derrick Prather, another neighbor, was also shot but not hit, police said. Kinsley was reportedly out riding his bike and had nothing to do with basketball.
Kinsley and Hilderbrand were treated and released from the hospital after the shooting. Kinsley’s cheek shows the scars of bullet fragments from the wounds caused. William White remains in hospital in serious condition. According to witnesses, the gunman continued to fire even after William hit the ground.
Singletary was apparently new to the area and often got angry with the neighborhood kids. In December, Singletary was accused of assaulting his 21-year-old girlfriend with a mini hammer. Police said Singletary kept the victim inside his apartment and did not allow him to leave for more than two hours, according to Queen City News.
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The shooting followed several others across the United States in recent weeks in which young people were shot in situations not normally associated with danger or violence. A 16-year-old boy was shot in Kansas City, Missouri, after he pulled up to the wrong house trying to pick up his younger siblings.
A 20-year-old woman was shot and killed in upstate New York after the car she was riding in turned the wrong way, mistaking it for another property. And a car full of cheerleaders in Texas was shot up because one of them had earlier mistaken the shooter’s car for her own.