Two 17-year-olds in Ohio are facing murder charges in connection with a March 11 shootout that left a high school junior dead.
Prosecutors are pushing for Nick Bell and Aaron Patterson to be charged as adults for the shooting that killed Alexia Carey, 16. Emergency crews who responded to the East Toledo neighborhood found Carey with a wound to her torso and rushed her to the hospital, where she died a short time later, according to The Toledo Blade.
The Lucas County Coroner’s Office found that the bullet which killed Carey struck her heart and left lung; a second gunshot wound was located on the side of her left chest.
The Blade reported that Carey’s grandfather was grazed by a bullet during the March 11 shooting.
A Toledo Police Department spokesman told the outlet that the deadly shootout arose from a disagreement on social media which became physical.
In addition to Bell and Patterson, a 15-year-old was charged with inciting to violence and weapons under disability. Jarrett Sullivan, 20, was charged with inciting to violence knowingly engage in conduct proximately resulting in the commission of violence.
WTVG obtained police documents which stated that Sullivan was in a Facebook feud with another man and had met him to fight. Sullivan agreed to the meeting “knowing that several individuals possessed handguns and the fight would likely lead to shots fired. During that fight, guns were brandished, shots were fired and Alexia Carey was struck with a bullet,” police wrote.
The news station reported that at least 10 shell casings were recovered between the two homes.
Despite Bell and Patterson facing murder charges, authorities haven’t revealed who they believe fired the bullet that killed Carey.
[Featured image: Alexia Carey/WTVG]