Young Girl Shot and Killed While Sitting at Picnic Table With Friends

A 13-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting in Monroe, North Carolina Saturday night while she was sitting with friends on a picnic table, local police said.

Officers responded to Icemorlee Drive at about 8 p.m. for a report of the shooting, the Monroe Police Department said in a Facebook post. The girl was treated on scene and taken to Atrium Health Union, where she was pronounced dead.

The girl's family identified her as Loyalti Allah to WBTV-TV, a local news station.

Monroe police reported that a black Ford Freestyle had driven by the scene and that someone in the vehicle began shooting in Allah's direction before speeding away. Multiple shell casings were found at the scene, and there appeared to be "no further victims," according to the police.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the victim," Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said in the post.

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Thirteen-year-old Loyalti Allah was killed in a drive-by shooting in North Carolina as she sat at a picnic table with friends. This is a stock image of picnic tables at a park. Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Four men have been arrested for the shooting. Javon Robinson, Darius Roland, Jamarius McLain, and Jamarius Crowder are all being held with no bond on charges of first-degree murder. The suspects range in age from 19 to 22.

Gilliard praised officers for their work.

"Our officers have done an amazing job in leaving no stone unturned to ensure the individuals who committed this crime are not only identified, but also apprehended and brought to justice," he said. "This is such a devastating act that has far-reaching implications that was entirely uncalled for. These individuals took an innocent life for absolutely no reason and now a family and community has to live with this forever."

Gilliard told Newsweek in a phone call that there were no additional updates as of 4 p.m. Monday. He said the department was working with the local system and councilors to "try to reach children and adults who need somebody to talk to."

Monroe is a city just outside of Charlotte and has a population of more than 35,000 people, according to U.S. Census data.

Robinson apologized in an interview with WBTV-TV.

"I'm sorry for her loss. It didn't mean to go down that way," he told the news station.

Her mother, Yvette Allen, told WSOC-TV, another local news station, her daughter was "at the wrong place at the wrong time."

"I been in the hospital for three days this week, and I came home Saturday morning. Saturday evening—my baby was gone. Nobody don't know how I feel to see my baby laying there taking her last breath," she told the news station.

A GoFundMe and Meal Train have been set up for her family.

Police are asking anyone who has any information about the shooting to contact them at (704) 282-4700.