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Police: 16-year-old killed in early morning shooting

Family members said Nataya Adams was the one killed in the shooting on Paxton Street in Danville (Photo: Ketasha Fuller)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Danville Police and Virginia State Police said they are investigating a shooting that left a teenager dead.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to calls of shots-fired in the area of Paxton Street.

Family members confirmed to us Sunday afternoon that the teenager killed was Nitaya Adams.

Within minutes after the shooting, Police said the 16-year-old arrived to Danville Regional Medical Center by a personal vehicle.

Police said she was suffering from gunshot injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after getting to the hospital.

Her cousin Ketasha Fuller said Nitaya was going to be a senior at George Washington High School.

Ketasha said she was with Nitaya right before she was shot. "People were just sitting out here, just hanging out and we just heard gunshots everywhere," Fuller described. "She come to the car; said "I'm hit." After she said "I'm hit" she ain't say nothing else; blood just went everywhere."

Captain Matt Carter with the Danville Police Department said there was a gathering of multiple people on Paxton Street just before the shooting happened.

Capt. Carter said they are trying to determine why there was a large group outside that early in the morning.

There were dozens of evidence markers scattered throughout the 700 block of Paxton Street as detectives processed the scene.

The back windshield of a red car located where the shooting happened was shattered. We noticed a bullet hole that went through the front drivers side seat of that car.

An SUV in front of that of that car also had at least four bullet holes on the passenger side of the vehicle.

"We are looking at the possibility that it could be gang-related," Capt. Carter said.

As to who could have done this? Ketasha recalls what she can remember, "It was just people that hang out here, I just know it was boys."

Capt. Carter said they need the public's help in finding who killed the 16-year-old. "We are hearing some things, but like many of the crimes that we work, somebody here knows it all and you know a couple people know it all," Capt. Carter said. "We need them to call us. They don't have to give their name, just give us some direction on this."

If you have any information about the shooting that could help officers arrest the suspect or the suspects responsible for the death of Nataya please contact the Danville Police Department at 434-793-0000 or call Crimestoppers at 434-799-6508 to remain anonymous. You can also email the police department's crime tip line at crimetips@danville.gov.

Capt. Carter said a reward of $1,000 could be given for information leading to an arrest.

Nitaya's body will be sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an autopsy to determine her exact cause of death.


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