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

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A young girl who was playing in front of her North Philadelphia home was hit by stray gunfire Thursday night, according to Philadelphia police.

It happened just before 9 pm on the 1500 block of North 13th Street.

Police say a group of males opened fire on a passing vehicle.

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

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

“At this point, it’s just it’s becoming a repeat broken record of us sitting here talking about the gun violence in the city. This could have been anybody walking down the street, it could have been somebody walking their dog,” said Deputy Commissioner John Stanford.

One man inside the vehicle was also hit by gunfire in the leg. There was no word on his condition.

According to Deputy Commissioner Stanford, the suspects were waiting for the victim in another vehicle to pass before about 47 gunshots were fired.

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 was transporting the victim to the hospital.

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

“On a beautiful fall 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 male in the vehicle was struck 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 putting our resident’s – our children’s – lives at risk! (Philadelphia police) will find you, and bring you to justice.”

Officers are still searching for the suspects.

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

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