Girl, 8, killed in a drive-by shooting while playing in front yard of her home in Georgia


Girl, 8, is killed in a drive-by shooting while petting a horse, which was also killed, from front yard of her Georgia home: Cops suspect she was caught in the crossfire of gang violence or retaliatory attack

  • Arbrie Anthony, 8, was fatally shot in the head outside her family’s home in Augusta, Georgia, Saturday night 
  • She’d been petting a horse from her front yard after two horse riders passed by 
  • Authorities say occupants of red-orange Jeep Compass Trailhawk opened fire, killing Arbrie and the horse  
  • Arbrie’s father, Arthur Anthony, witnessed the shooting and transported his daughter to the hospital, where she died 
  • Richmond County sheriff said on Monday drive-by shooting was not random, but Arbrie most likely was not the intended target  


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An eight-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting as she went to pet a horse that was passing her family’s front yard in Georgia.

Arbrie Anthony, and the horse she was petting, were killed when someone opened fire from a distinctive-looking orange Jeep just before 7.30pm on Saturday in the 2000 block of 3rd Avenue in Augusta.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said that he doesn’t believe the eight-year-old was the intended target but said in front of her yard was a ‘common gathering place’ for groups – and believes the drive-by was targeting one of those individuals. 

He added that it ‘may have involved gangs’ or could have been a ‘retaliatory’ attack but it was too early to say. 

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Arbrie Anthony, 8, was fatally shot in the head outside her family's home in Augusta, Georgia, Saturday night

Arbrie Anthony, 8, was fatally shot in the head outside her family's home in Augusta, Georgia, Saturday night

Arbrie was playing when she was killed

Arbrie was playing when she was killed

Arbrie Anthony, 8 (left and right), was playing in the yard of her family’s Augusta, Georgia, home on Saturday when she was fatally shot in the head 

Authorities say suspects fired a barrage of bullets, killing Arbrie and also fatally wounding a horse that happened to be nearby

Authorities say suspects fired a barrage of bullets, killing Arbrie and also fatally wounding a horse that happened to be nearby

Authorities say suspects fired a barrage of bullets, killing Arbrie and also fatally wounding a horse that happened to be nearby 

Cops are looking for this red-orange Jeep Compass Trailhawk in connection with the drive-by shooting

Cops are looking for this red-orange Jeep Compass Trailhawk in connection with the drive-by shooting

Cops are looking for this red-orange Jeep Compass Trailhawk in connection with the drive-by shooting 

‘These are cowards,’ the sheriff said of the suspects. ‘No matter what your beef is, no matter what your intent is, when children are present, they get a pass… it’s always been that way.’ 

According to the sheriff, two horse riders had been passing by and Arbie had been petting their horses when a reddish-orange, newer model Jeep Compass Trailhawk drove by, and one or two of its occupants fired 5-10 rounds.

Arbrie was shot in the head and was transported by her father to Augusta University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Bullets also struck one of the horses, which died the next day, and a vehicle that was parked at the scene. 

The horse riders were not injured and are said to be complying fully with police investigations.  

Arbrie's father, Arthur Anthony (right) spoke at a vigil on Sunday, calling on the gunmen to turn themselves in

Arbrie's father, Arthur Anthony (right) spoke at a vigil on Sunday, calling on the gunmen to turn themselves in

Arbrie’s father, Arthur Anthony (right) spoke at a vigil on Sunday, calling on the gunmen to turn themselves in 

Family and friends gathered at the scene in August to pay tribute to Arbrie

Family and friends gathered at the scene in August to pay tribute to Arbrie

Family and friends gathered at the scene in August to pay tribute to Arbrie 

A woman believed to be Arbrie's mother kneels beside a makeshift memorial to the slain eight-year-old on Sunday

A woman believed to be Arbrie's mother kneels beside a makeshift memorial to the slain eight-year-old on Sunday

A woman believed to be Arbrie’s mother kneels beside a makeshift memorial to the slain eight-year-old on Sunday 

On Sunday, distraught family members held a candlelight vigil outside Arbrie’s home and called on the suspects to turn themselves in. 

‘They took my heart,’ Arbrie’s father, Arthur Anthony, told WJBF

Anthony said his daughter loved dancing on TikTok and enjoyed the outdoors. 

‘She was a happy child, a loving child. She loved to do stuff loved going places,’ said Arbrie’s aunt Jamila McDaniel.

Arbire was playing in the yard and went to pet a horse during a gathering of people when the drive-by shooting took place. Her father said he witnessed the moment his daughter collapsed. 

‘I got on the ground, and the first thing when I got up, I yelled for her. She didn’t respond back and I picked her up and rushed her to the hospital,’ said Anthony.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told reporters during a press conference on Monday that the drive-by shooting was not a random act

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told reporters during a press conference on Monday that the drive-by shooting was not a random act

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told reporters during a press conference on Monday that the drive-by shooting was not a random act 

Arbrie was described by her family as a joyful girl who loved dancing on TikTok and enjoyed being outdoors

Arbrie was described by her family as a joyful girl who loved dancing on TikTok and enjoyed being outdoors

Arbrie was described by her family as a joyful girl who loved dancing on TikTok and enjoyed being outdoors 

During Sunday’s emotional vigil, the girl’s father appealed directly to the person or people responsible for his daughter’s death. 

‘Please come forward, please speak up, please. That’s my baby,’ Anthony begged. 

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Arbrie’s family with her funeral expenses. So far, more than $19,000 has been raised.  

Sheriff Roundtree revealed during Monday’s press conference that the shooter or shooters fled the scene in the Jeep Compass Trailhawk featuring a broad black stripe on the hood and a moon roof. 

Anyone with information on the drive-by shooting is being asked to call 706-821-1080. 

Sheriff Roundtree appealed to any potential witnesses to come forward, saying that he is convinced that there are people in the community who know the shooter or shooters. 

‘I am confident we’re going to solve this case,’ the sheriff said. 

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