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UPDATE: Arrest made in shooting of 9-year-old girl

Posted at 2:49 PM, Nov 18, 2021

LAFAYETTE, La. – An arrest has been made in the shooting of a 9-year-old girl that happened on November 2, 2021 on E Simcoe Street in Lafayette.

Jonathon Viltz, 18, was picked up on warrants for three counts of attempted murder and booked into East Baton Rouge Correctional Center, according to a spokesperson for the Lafayette Police Department.

The suspect was then transported to Lafayette Parish's Correctional Center on Friday, Nov. 19, and was charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm and attempted first-degree murder.

The juvenile that was shot was transported to a local hospital, she underwent surgery to repair damage to her liver and lung. Family says the girl, 9-year-old A'Kaylen Beale, was hit by a stray bullet as she was entering her grandmother's home from the school bus.

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