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

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A young girl playing outside her North Philadelphia home was hit by stray gunfire Thursday night, Philadelphia police say.

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

Police say a group of men 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 hospital by the police. His condition is unknown at this time.

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

A 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 to pass into another vehicle before approximately 47 shots were fired.

The view from Chopper 6 shows the bullet-riddled vehicle that was targeted by the suspects. He crashed a few blocks from the shooting as the driver was transporting the victim to the hospital.

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

“One beautiful fall evening in our city, a group of armed cowards waited on a residential street to open fire on a passing car. Dozens of shots were fired. A grown man in the vehicle been shot in the leg – and so was an 8-year-old girl who was standing across the street. By the grace of God, they will recover physically. To those in charge: stop putting life of our residents – of our children – in danger! (Philadelphia police) will find you, and bring you to justice.”

Officers are still looking for the suspects.

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

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