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A 16-year-old girl was killed and a man suffered critical injuries in a shooting in the parking lot of a Lewisville shopping center Thursday night, police said.
A third person suffered minor injuries, but police didn’t specify whether that person was shot.
The shooting occurred a little before 10:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Lakeland Plaza shopping center in the 1100 block of South Stemmons Freeway, police said. They found the three victims.
A’mya Alane Batie, 16, of McKinney, died in a hospital after the shooting, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Her cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back, the medical examiner reported. Her death was ruled a homicide.
A GoFundMe page started for Batie had raised more than $650 of a $2,500 goal as of Friday afternoon. The page indicated she was a student and a cheerleader at Allen High School in Allen.
Funds are to go to Batie’s family and a scholarship in her name, according to the GoFundMe.
“She leaves us with memories of how to live a Spontaneous, Positive, Happy and Full life,” the GoFundMe page says. “While we search for ways to heal our broken hearts, we gather strength by keeping her memory and her love of life in our hearts and thoughts.”
Batie and the man were found inside a vehicle, according to the Star-Telegram’s media partner, WFAA-TV. Police believe the victims tried to drive away from the scene, WFAA reported, but crashed their car on a service road outside the parking lot.
A motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately clear and police haven’t announced any suspects.
Police believe “someone knows who is responsible for this act,” as there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the shooting, police said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 972-219-TIPS (8477), police said.