Girl, 8, suffers graze wound to head while playing outside of North Philadelphia home

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A young girl who was playing outside her home in North Philadelphia was hit by stray gunfire Thursday night, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

It happened just before 9 p.m. in block 1500 of North 13th Street.

A group of men opened fire on a passing car, police said.

The 8-year-old girl, who was just down the road, was hit in the head by one of the bullets.

She was taken to hospital by the police. Her condition is unknown at this time.

“Right now it’s just starting to become a repeated record that we’re sitting here talking about gun violence in the city. It could be someone walking down the street, it could be someone walking their dog,” said Deputy Commissioner John. Stanford.

A man in the vehicle was also hit by gunshots in the leg. Nothing was known about his condition.

According to Deputy Commissioner Stanford, the suspects waited for the victim in another vehicle before firing about 47 shots.

The view from Chopper 6 shows the bullet-riddled vehicle that was targeted by the suspects. It crashed blocks away from the shooting as the driver transported the victim to hospital.

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw released this statement about the shooting:

“On a beautiful autumn evening in our city, a group of cowards with guns waited on a residential street to open fire on a passing car. Dozens of shots were fired. An adult man in the vehicle was hit in the leg – and so was a little 8 year old girl who was standing across the street By the grace of God they will recover physically To those responsible: stop endangering the lives of our residents – our children -!(Philadelphia Police) will find you, and bring you to justice.”

Officers are still looking for the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 215-686-TIPS.

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