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An 8-year-old girl from Philadelphia was grazed by a bullet to the head Thursday night after gunshots rang out near Temple University in a drive-by shooting.
Officers from the Temple Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department responded to the 1500 block of North 13th Street just before 9 p.m. to report gunshots, Fox Philadelphia reported.
The shooters ambushed another passing vehicle and fired at least 50 shots. A person inside the car was hit in the leg and taken to hospital.
The unidentified girl was near the front door of a nearby house when she was grazed by a stray bullet.
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No arrests have been made and authorities have not identified any suspects. The girl’s grandmother, who has not been identified, told the outlet that her granddaughter was fine.
“I’m just grateful now that she’s okay, considering what happened,” she said. “It’s just her mentality now, in terms of being outside, because she told her mum she didn’t want to play outside when it was dark anymore.”
In a statement, the university referred to the increase in gun violence plaguing the city.
“We cannot accept these crimes as the norm and will work diligently with the Philadelphia PD Shooting Investigation Unit to pursue all leads,” the statement said. “The safety of this community is our number one priority. This cannot be understated. We understand and recognize the seriousness of this incident and know that the epidemic of gun violence plaguing cities and towns across the United States n makes no sense. We need to work together to find solutions.”
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw then tweeted about the shooting Thursday night, calling the shooters “cowards”.
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“On a beautiful fall evening in our city, a group of armed cowards waited on a residential street to open fire on a passing car,” she wrote before addressing the victims’ injuries. “By the grace of God they will recover physically. To those responsible: stop putting the lives of our residents – our children – at risk! @phillypolice will find you and bring you to justice.