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Girl suffers gunshot wound in apparent S. Side gunbattle



Published: Wed, August 12, 2009 @ 12:01 a.m.

STAFF REPORT

YOUNGSTOWN — A grade-school girl was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the chest, suffered during an apparent gunbattle on the city’s South Side.

The 6-year-old Detroit Avenue girl was rushed to Akron Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Doctors did not find any bullets lodged inside the child and found no exit wounds where the bullet might have exited her body.

Police reports say the wound was likely a grazing.

By late Tuesday afternoon, Detroit Avenue was the picture of serenity. The girl’s gray ranch-style home was still, with several cars in the driveway, but no one appeared to be home. Teens played soccer in a nearby open field as cars traveled up and down the street unscathed.

Just hours earlier, around 1:30 p.m., bullets were flying.

Police were sent to the street for a possible shooting and found several spent shell casings in the street and along the devil strip.

The mother of the wounded child told police the girl was inside a car when she was struck by a bullet. Police searched the car but could not find any holes or damage to the vehicle.

Police said three males had been seen in a black Volkswagen shooting at another group of men driving a maroon Chrysler along Detroit Avenue. The cars fled immediately after the shooting.


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