Reward to $50k for Suspected Shooter of 8-Year-Old Girl Killed in Camden

A donation from George Norcross more than doubled the reward money this Sunday. The community is uniting over the death of 8-year-old Gabrielle Hill Carter, who was about to begin third grade.

Gabrielle Hill Carter via the Camden County Police Department Facebook.

Gabrielle Hill Carter, via the Camden County Police Department Facebook.

Camden County police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot and killed an 8-year-old girl last week.

The girl, Gabrielle Hill Carter, was hit in the head by a stray bullet last Wednesday night as she was playing on a sidewalk near 8th and Spruce streets. She died Friday.

The police and the Camden County Prosecutor’s office first offered a $5,000 reward last Thursday, but the amount quickly rose to $24,000 on Saturday following several donations from the community and then more than doubled when the family of George Norcross donated $26,000 on Sunday, NBC10 reports.

Carter’s death has united community members and business owners who wish to support Hill Carter’s grieving family. Camden business Da Shop on Fed is giving away free airbrushed memorial shirts to those who want them, CBS reports. Artists hope to distribute roughly 200 shirts before Hill Carter’s funeral.

Police said security firm Packetalk donated to the award fund, as well as Vahan and Danielle Gureghian, whose company manages the Camden Community Charter School, where Hill Carter was about to begin third grade. The Gureghian duo has also offered to pay for the funeral.

Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil Saturday night on the same block where Hill Carter was shot.

Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson told NBC10 that the shooting was likely gang-related, and police are looking for four men.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI are assisting in the investigation, according the NBC10. Anyone with information should call the Camden tip line at 856-757-7042.

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