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Police investigating fatal shooting of 7-year-old girl

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The shooting happened in the 700 block of Lewis Street. (WSMV) The shooting happened in the 700 block of Lewis Street. (WSMV)
Anthony P. Sanders (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Anthony P. Sanders (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl inside an apartment just south of downtown Nashville on Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting happened just before 1 p.m. in the 700 block of Lewis Street in the J.C. Napier public housing development.

Police say Harmony Warfield was with her 29-year-old aunt and three other children, ages 14, 11 and 2, in the apartment. The children were in the kitchen area when a shot was heard. The 14-year-old told police that the 2-year-old, believed to be her cousin, was holding a pistol; but officers on scene said later Tuesday that they were unsure if the toddler pulled the trigger.

Harmony was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she died.

Police say the pistol has not been recovered. They were told that the aunt's friend, 27-year-old Anthony P. Sanders, was outside when the shot was fired. He went inside to see what happened and then fled the area.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding Sanders.

A neighbor said Harmony’s aunt lives in Napier Homes and was babysitting the girl while her mother was at work. The two-year-old boy is the aunt's child, neighbors say.

Residents are upset and heartbroken that Harmony was killed.

“It’s sad. It’s very, very sad,” said Tamika Rucker, who lives near the family. “This baby comes over to my house. She sits on the porch. She comes over to my house and she hugs me, and it’s sad. She rides on my little son’s dirt bike, and I didn’t even know the girl’s name. I just know she comes over and hugs me. ... Parents need to watch their kids."

Detectives with Metro’s homicide unit and the Metro Youth Services are on the scene.

Anyone with information or who sees Sanders is asked to call 615-742-7463.

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