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9-Year-Old Girl Shot 3 Times



    A 9-year-old girl is recovering after she was shot three times in Trenton. NBC10's Harry Hairston speaks to a neighbor who heard the shooting. (Published Monday, May 12, 2014)

    A young girl is in the hospital after police say she was shot several times in Trenton.

    The 9-year-old girl was on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue around 2:45 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire. Officials say a bullet struck the girl's shoulder, another grazed her leg and another grazed her ribs.

    "I heard six shots," said Sadie Toney, the girl's neighbor. "This little girl came running up the streets crying. She was holding her arm. I saw blood trickling down her arm. Then she went into my neighbor's house."

    The girl sat on her neighbor's porch as he called 911. She is currently with her parents at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Officials have not yet revealed her condition but say she is expected to survive.

    Law enforcement sources say the girl was with her stepfather at the time of the shooting. They also say the stepfather, who has not yet been identified, was arrested for charges not related to the shooting.

    Police believe the girl was an innocent bystander. They are currently searching for a gunman and trying to determine who the intended target was.

    This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.