Teen killed in drive-by shooting in Clearwater identified

CLEARWATER, SC (WFXG) - Family members are looking for answers after a 16-year-old Clearwater teenager was shot outside her great aunt's home Tuesday night.

Gail McFadden, known as Gaily-Gail to family and friends, was on Diamond Street when someone in a dark blue, four-door Honda Civic sped by and shot her in the stomach.

Aiken County deputies said it happened just after 9 p.m.

EMS was called to the scene and transported McFadden to the hospital for emergency care, but she didn't make it.

Family members describe her as happy-go-lucky and said they are at a loss for why this had to happen.

"She was just a loving person," McFadden's cousin Tameka Harris said. "She was outgoing, she loved her family; just a sweet girl. It's just, I don't know. I guess I'm upset because it's an innocent life taken for no reason."

Family members said they have heard the shooter did not mean for her to be the target, but that is not confirmed by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton has ruled her death a homicide.

No arrests have been made. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the sheriff's office at 803-648-6811 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372).

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