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An 8-year-old Philadelphia girl was shot in the head Thursday night after shots were fired near Temple University during a drive-by shooting.
Officers from the Temple Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department responded to reports of shots fired just before 9 p.m. on the 1500 block of North 13th Street, ETN Philadelphia reported.
The gunmen attacked another vehicle passing by and fired at least 50 shots. One person in the car was hit in the leg and taken to hospital.
The unidentified girl was near a 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 was not identified, told the news station that her granddaughter was fine.
“I’m just thankful she’s okay, considering what happened,” she said. “It’s just her mentality now about being outside because she told her mother she doesn’t want to play outside after nightfall.”
In a statement, the university spoke about the increase in gun violence in the city.
“We cannot accept these crimes as the norm and will work diligently with the Philadelphia PD Shooting Investigation Unit to track down all traces,” the statement said. “The safety of this community is our number one priority. It cannot be underestimated. We understand and recognize the gravity of this incident and know that there is no point in understanding the gun violence epidemic that is plaguing cities and towns across the United States. We must work together to find solutions.”
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw later tweeted about the shooting Thursday night, calling the gunmen “cowards”.
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“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,” she wrote before addressing the victims’ injuries. “By the grace of God they will recover physically. To those responsible: Stop endangering the lives of our residents – our children -! @phillypolice will find you and bring you to justice.