Authorities: shooting that killed 2-year-old in Halifax County retaliation for earlier gunfire

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WELDON, North Carolina — Police say the fatal shooting of a North Carolina 2-year-old girl last week was retaliation for an earlier shooting a mile away and 12 hours earlier.

Police Chief Mark Macon said Friday the shooting that killed the toddler and wounded her grandmother as they slept was an effort to get revenge for the fatal shooting the previous day of 15-year-old Keyuon Garner. Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says the teenager was walking with others when several people stepped out of woods and began shooting.

Police charged four men Thursday with murder for the death of 2-year-old Dyana Anderson and attempted murder of 54-year-old Catherine Price. The toddler's 18-year-old uncle is a suspect in Garner's shooting death.

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