Little girl in critical condition after being shot in face, LaGrange Police investigating


UPDATE 7:35p.m. – LaGrange Police are looking for a man wanted in connection to the shooting of a four-year-old girl.

(Leemarkese Melson)

Police say Leemarkese Melson, age 28, left a loaded handgun within the reach of children at the time of the the little girl’s shooting.

Investigators say they believe that the victim’s 6-year-old sibling located the weapon Melson had left out and was playing with the weapon. The gun discharged while the older child was playing with it and struck the victim in the face.

After, the shooting, police say Melson fled the scene, taking the gun with him. Melson is wanted on charges of Cruelty to a Child in the 2nd Degree, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Tampering with Evidence.

Anyone with information regarding Melson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the LaGrange Police Department, Troup County 911, or Troup County Crimestoppers at (706)812-1000.

LAGRANGE, Ga. (WRBL) – A four-year-old little girl is in critical condition after being shot in the face in LaGrange. The shooting happened at around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Police say they received a call about a child being shot on the 900 block of Kelley Street. While headed to that location, police then received a second call about a an injured child at Speedy Serve convenience store on Whitesville Street.

Investigation determined both calls were in reference to the same little girl,and the child had been shot at the Kelley Street location, according to police.

Police say information obtained during the initial investigation indicates that the shooting was accidental. 

The little girl was immediately transported to a Columbus area hospital for treatment and then transported to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta. She is currently listed in critical but stable condition. 

The investigation remains active at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the LaGrange Police Department at (706)883-2603.

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