A family is in mourning after their two girls were wounded by bullets fired by the police resulting in the death of one of them.
Authorities in Pennsylvania say the bullets that killed 8-year-old Fanta Bility and wounded her sister outside of a high school football game last week likely were fired by police officers responding to gunfire in their direction.
In a statement, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office said that Friday’s tragic events outside Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill are still being investigated. But they affirm there is a high probability that the responsive gunfire of the Sharon Hill Police Officers struck four victims, including Fanta and her sister.
The football game had ended around 9 pm, the attendees of the game were leaving the stadium and among them were the two girls when suddenly gunshots and screams are heard, people start running to get to safety and that’s when it all happened.
Police say they made the decision to shoot after hearing shots in their direction. The three officers thought they were being attacked so they drew their weapons and began firing back, fatally hitting Fanta Bility and wounding her sister.
“The death of Fanta and the wounding of her sister and the other students are a heartbreaking tragedy for her family, her friends, and the entire Delaware County community,” the police said in a statement.
“We are hurt, and we need justice. She was a sweet, loving, funny child with a smile that could light up a room. She didn’t deserve this. She was an innocent girl. She did nothing wrong, and she never hurt anyone,” said her aunt.
The police affirm that they will continue the investigation to determine who shot first, they have even requested information from the public to identify the individual. The police officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.