Man turns himself in to police after girl, 4, shot, killed in North Philly home

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A man wanted by police in the shooting death of a 4-year-old girl inside a North Philadelphia home has turned himself in to police.

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man wanted in the shooting death of a 4-year-old girl inside a North Philadelphia home has turned himself in to police.

The Action Cam was there as Demetrius Williams, accompanied by three others, surrendered to police Thursday evening. He's the boyfriend of 25-year-old Shakeia Holmes, the little girl's mother.

Police say the 4-year-old girl found Williams' gun in a closet and shot herself in the eye.

Williams is expected to face involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges.

Holmes is charged with third-degree murder, and is accused of trying to cover up the incident.

The incident happened before 12:30 p.m. Thursday inside a home in the 1800 block of North 20th Street.

"She was hysterical crying. She just kept saying, 'save my baby, save my baby, save my baby,'" said Margie Malavet of North Philadelphia.

Malavet says she had just walked outside a nearby medical clinic in North Philadelphia when she saw Holmes frantic, desperately trying to find help, to find someone who could save her 4-year-old girl.

"I said, 'What happened?' She said she got shot. The kids were playing upstairs, and the next thing you know she said she found her baby laying on the floor like that and ran outside," said Malavet.

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A 4-year-old girl was shot and killed in North Philadelphia.

The girl was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 1:01 p.m.

"I seen the cops rushing down here. I said, 'Why are they coming this way? And I ran to the door and I cross the street and I seen the baby and I start crying,' " said Cathy Wilson of North Philadelphia. "I couldn't take it and I ran back into the house."

Police say the girl's 3-year-old sister was inside the home as was Holmes, who was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.

Investigators weren't sure if there was anyone else there at the time of the incident.

"I see them all the time. Sometimes I sit out here," said neighbor Felicia Roussaw. "I see the kids running up and down the block, playing. The mother sits out there sometimes with them."

"It's a shame. It's a little angel," said Malavet. "And to see her little sister bent over, seeing her like that..."

Malavet says the doctors and nurses from the nearby medical clinic ran over to help before the medics arrived.

"I ran into the clinic and got the security guard, and all the nurses came out running over here, and the girl was just gasping for air," said Malavet.

Detectives obtained a warrant to collect evidence from the home. They also surveyed the bedroom where it happened.

"We have a 4-year-old little girl that's dead here so that's our number 1 priority is finding out how this happened," Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford said as police carried out evidence and cleared the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.