NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The mystery surrounding the shooting death of 12-year-old Mikia Woodland continued Friday, one day after she was gunned down in her home on Maury Street, just south of downtown Nashville, when several men broke in and opened fire.
"It's not only a crime against that family against that kid, but it also a crime against just every kid that's lives in this county and in this city," said Sgt. John Patton, a 35-year veteran of the Metro Police Department.
Makia's aunt, Latonya Hooten, said Mikia was like her little sister.
"Even though that was my niece, she's like my little sister," she told News 2. "I kept her with me everywhere I went. She was always at my house. I always had her, it just hurts my feelings they took her from me. "
In addition to the family, the crime has shaken police. Sgt. Patton said the crime reaches far beyond Woodland's neighborhood.
"That you can't go to sleep at night and you can't... These kids deserve better than that and she deserved better than that," he said.
Investigators do not believe Mikia was the intended target but said the act was not random.
"The neighbors are at the point where they are not going to accept this act right here," said Sgt. Patton. "They are not going to accept this act and we are not going to accept this act either."
According to police, at least four men broke into the home early Thursday morning.
They did recover some evidence police said should help in solving the case.
Police urge anyone with information on the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.