BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) –- UPDATE 6:00PM: Family and friends of Miracle McNeal are now offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in her murder. They held a impromptu press conference outside of her adoptive grandmother’s home, Wednesday afternoon.
“She wanted to be a lawyer,” said Bobbie Towns, the homeowner and Miracle’s guardian. The teen had lived with Towns for the past three months. Towns said that Miracle was a good student at Midfield High School, and loved to spend time with children in the neighborhood. There were three other children inside of the home at the time of the shooting ranging in age from 2 to 9.
“They’re doing alright,” said Towns. “They asked about her in the morning. Asked where she was.”
Towns said that she initially thought that the gunfire was firecrackers, but her grandson started yelling at her and Miracle to get down. “We hollered to Miracle, told her to lay down on the floor,” Towns said. “Miracle looked back at him and tried to say something…and she fell.”
Midfield’s superintendent told CBS 42 that they activated their crisis plan after hearing about the student’s death. All of the counselors from the system had come to the high school on Wednesday. Clergy and a grief counselor were also brought in for students and teachers who were having a tough time. Posters were put up in the hall that the students could write on, in memory of Miracle.
UPDATE 11:30 AM: Birmingham Police released more information late Wednesday morning about the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl.
According to Lt. Sean Edwards, officers responded close to midnight to the home in the 300 block of the 12th Street SW. When they arrived, they found 15-year-old Miracle McNeal lying in the doorway to her bedroom, suffering a gunshot wound to the body. It appears she heard the gunfire and got out of bed to run from her room when she was struck.
Police found multiple shell casings in the alley behind the home, and the majority struck the back of the home where Miracle’s bedroom was located.
Police say the reason for the shooting remains unclear.
“The key to solving this homicide is to determine why this house was targeted,” Lt. Edwards said.
CBS 42’s Leigh Garner spoke to Miracle’s grandmother; hear from her tonight on the CBS 42 News at 5 and 6.
Birmingham Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl.
According to Lt. Edwards, someone shot into a home in the 300 block of 12th Street SW around midnight. When police arrived, they found a 15-year-old girl who had been shot inside the home.
Officials say there was a total of six people in the home at the time of the shooting, including four children and two adults.
Police do not have any suspects in custody at this time.
WIAT will bring you the latest details as more information becomes available.
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