WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a 10-year-old girl was shot and killed in Washington County early Monday morning.

According to the Washington County Coroner’s Office, the shooting happened at a home on West Chestnut Street in Washington around 4:19 a.m.

The girl, Taniyah Thomas, was transported to Washington Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The suspect allegedly got in through the front door of the apartment building and went upstairs apparently planning a home invasion.

Thomas heard the commotion, got out of her bed and walked in the hallway, heading for her mother’s bedroom.

At that time, the gunman shot through the front door of the apartment and hit Thomas.

Thomas’ grandfather, Sherman Brown, blames the mother’s boyfriend and thinks this was drug-related.

“Why would they come to somebody’s house and break in and then go to shooting? She was an innocent girl just lying on her bed and got shot and died. And that’s terrible. I’m just so upset,” Sherman Brown said.

No arrests have been made and anyone with information is asked to call police.

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