Girl, 2, killed while in her father’s arms after uncle ‘opened fire as he was thrown from family home’.

A GIRL was killed after her uncle allegedly opened fire as he was thrown from the family home, relatives said.

Andrew Huber Young, 19, is accused of shooting dead his niece Octavia Huber Young, two, after an argument May 21 in Wells, Maine.

Octavia Huber Young was allegedly shot dead by her uncle in Maine on May 21


Octavia Huber Young was allegedly shot dead by her uncle in Maine on May 21Photo credit: family handout
Andrew Huber Young, 19, has been charged with murder


Andrew Huber Young, 19, has been charged with murderPhoto credit: York County Jail

Craig Higgins, the toddler’s other uncle, said she was being held by her father Ethan when Andrew opened fire, reports the Portland Press Herald.

Higgins revealed that his sister had told him that Andrew had been kicked out of the family home.

Andrew returned and shot Octavia dead. She was taken to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Shannon Moss of the Maine Police Department said the infant’s autopsy will be performed in the coming days.

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Two men believed to be Ethan and Octavia’s grandfather were taken to the hospital.

Ethan was shot in the arm and shoulder while the toddler’s grandpa was shot in the face.

Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Higgins said a “part” of him died when Octavia died.

He said in a Facebook post: “I’m so angry at the world. even God himself.

“Why did God have to take our precious little Octavia?

“I just don’t understand why anyone would get angry and turn that anger into violence and shoot an innocent little 2 year old girl.”

As a tribute to Octavia, Higgins called the toddler “precious.”

Meanwhile, Octavia’s mother Samantha Higgins said her daughter is “full of life” and likes to smile.

She told WGME: “She always wanted to be like her older sister.


“She would whenever she wanted my attention, she would always grab my finger and take me to her room and play with her.

“And she always loved to go outside and play on her swing set.”

A witness told CBS13 that she heard a man scream before gunshots and a woman screamed.

Moss said: “Any time a family is involved in a shooting, it is a tragedy.

“And it’s not just affecting the larger family, friends, a neighborhood and a community.”

She added: “It’s incredibly sad and it takes a toll on everyone. And it also takes a toll on law enforcement.”

Allison McGarrigle, who has lived in the neighborhood for about two and a half years, was stunned after Saturday’s shooting.

She told NECN, “Everyone’s really friendly, people are always walking their dogs and it’s very scenic.”

Police officers arrested Huber Young and charged him with murder.

He was taken to the York County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

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Cops say Huber Young is expected to face additional charges as the investigation unfolds.

The shooting was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public, according to police.

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