9-year-old girl shot, killed while sleeping; police believe her brother was actual target

Published 9:17 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A 9-year-old girl who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while she was sleeping has been identified by members of her family and police said the victim’s teen brother was the likely intended target.

The victim was identified as Cailee Knight, local media reported.

Investigators said shots were fired into the house in the 1000 block of Rhett Drive. Knight was sleeping on a couch when she was shot.

Police said they believe more than one person was involved in the shooting and they were trying to strike Knight’s 16-year-old brother, possibly over some kind of gang dispute.

Knight was transported to a hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.