- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Six people have been arrested and charged in connection with last year’s death of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by gunshots fired from the street outside her New Orleans home, authorities announced Thursday.

Interim New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said the six were indicted on charges connected to the death of Arabian Gayles, who was fatally wounded early on the morning of Sept. 2, 2013. Another 11-year-old girl and a 38-year-old man were wounded.

Police said three people were taken into custody Thursday and three people already jailed in unrelated cases were charged.

One of those arrested Thursday and three who were already locked up were charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Two others arrested Thursday were charged as accessories.

Police said all six suspects have been linked to gangs.

Charged with first-degree murder in Gayles’ death are Chris Arana, 20, who was arrested Thursday; Terry Green, 20; Jermaine Scott, 19; and Jacshan Griffin, 18, according to a police news release.

Ronnell Martin, 18, and Roderick Taylor, 20, were charged as accessories. All six also face charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Gayles was a sixth-grader at Lafayette Academy Charter School. She was hit by a bullet that crashed through her wall as she slept shortly after midnight.

New Orleans had fewer murders in 2013 than it had logged in any year since 1985 but Gayles’ death - along with the deaths of two other children and a shooting spree that resulted in 20 injuries that year at a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade - highlighted the violence that continued to plague parts of the city.

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