A $20,000 reward has been offered for information regarding a Salisbury girl’s murder. A’yanna Allen, 7, was murdered on December 4 when she was struck by a bullet while she was asleep in her grandmother’s home, Independent Tribune reports.
Salisbury Post revealed that around 3:45 a.m., a woman was awakened to approximately five gunshots, which she said sounded like a loud jackhammer. She and an elderly neighbor said they heard a car, maybe two, take off immediately after hearing the gunshots.
“I was scared to look out the door. I wasn’t going out.”
Shirley Robinson realized she was shot in the leg, and then she noticed her granddaughter was also shot multiple times. By the time the police and emergency crew had arrived, A’yanna was already dead. Shirley was rushed to Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center for treatment.
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It was revealed that Shirley and A’yanna were asleep in the same bed when they were both shot. The house had multiple bullet holes in the siding, the front bedroom window was shot in, and multiple gun casings were found in the front of the house.
Antonio Jermaine “Shug” Allen, A’yanna’s father, was previously shot dead in 2009 when he was only 27 years old.
The Salisbury Police Department has recently announced that a $20,000 reward will be going out to anyone who offers any information leading to the capture and arrest of the person or persons responsible for A’yanna’s death. According to the police department, this is one of the largest rewards offered, and they really hope it will lead to an arrest.
A recent news conference revealed that city leaders and the police are partnering with Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to respond to the increase of violence in Salisbury.
Additionally, a second murder on the same day are thought to be connected. Salisbury Post has revealed that early that morning, police responded to a homicide that occurred at Firewater Restaurant and Bar in the parking lot. Sharod R. Mathis, 22, was pronounced dead.
One neighbor thinks that dangerous outsiders are filling their neighborhood.
“We’re getting some rowdy people from somewhere else.”
According to Neighborhood Scout, Salisbury has one of the highest crime rates in America, with a crime rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. A resident of Salisbury has a 1 in 17 chance to being a victim of a crime. Salisbury was found to be one of the most dangerous cities in America.
Compared to other cities with similar population, Salisbury has a much higher violence and property crime rate. Violence in Salisbury, which is one of the highest rates in America, includes rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, non-negligent manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, and murder. Overall, a person’s chance of being a victim of violent crimes is 1 in 138.
Property crime is also a very high-rated crime in Salisbury, which often include arson, motor vehicle theft, burglary, and larceny over $50. A person within Salisbury has a 1 in 19 chance of being a victim of property crime.
A neighbor of A’yanna’s grandmother said that he often noticed the little girl playing outside in the front yard. He called the murder “hideous.”
The Salisbury Police Department are asking the public for their help in solving this murder case. They asked that anyone with any information regarding this crime to come forward and report it. A $20,000 reward will be given to anyone who provides information leading to the capture and arrest of A’yanna’s killer.
If you have any information that can help the police, please contact the department at (704) 638-5333. You can also report your information to Crime Stoppers at (866) 639-5245.
A’yanna’s family is in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that justice will be made to whoever is responsible for this little girl’s death.
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