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BREAKING: 13-year-old dies afer being shot by Harlem teen

Posted: March 30, 2012 - 4:49pm  |  Updated: March 30, 2012 - 4:50pm

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A 13-year-old Harlem girl accidentally shot in the face died Friday afternoon.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said that Eleanor “Ellie” Kelly, of the 6200 block of Otis Way, was pronounced dead about 3 p.m.

Kelly died from a gunshot wound to the head she received Thursday, Collins said.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris identified Zach Provance, 14, who lives at the Keener Street residence, as the shooter.

A bullet from the .38-caliber revolver used in the shooting lodged in Kelly’s brain, added Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

An autopsy for Kelly has been scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta on Monday.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, Harlem police were called to 145 Keener Street and found Kelly shot. She was airlifted to the Georgia Health Science Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities said that Kelly and Provance were inside the home with another boy and girl preparing for a dance at Harlem Middle School, where Kelly was a seventh-grader, when the shooting took place.

Following Kelly’s death, authorities charged Provance with involuntary manslaughter, Morris said. The sheriff’s office initially charged him with reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under 18.

Provance currently is jailed at the Re­gional Youth Detention Center, Morris said.

During Provance’s detention hearing Friday morning, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan ordered that the boy remain in custody while he undergoes a psychological evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, Flanagan said he’ll decide whether to release the boy to “a fit and willing relative” or into the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

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