Gunfire Wounds Girl, 3 Boys on Wilmington, Delaware Street

Gunfire erupted on a Wilmington, Delaware street late Tuesday, leaving four children ranging in age from 12 to 16 wounded.

Authorities said the kids were in the area of Elm and South Van Buren streets, in the city's Hedgeville neighborhood, about 9:15 p.m. when shots rang out.

The youngest victim, a 12-year-old boy, suffered gunshot wounds to his hip and feet. A 13-year-old girl took a bullet to her thigh, while a 15-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, hand and leg. A 16-year-old boy suffered wounds to both of his legs and his arm. The 15-year-old boy remained in critical condition at a local hospital Wednesday afternoon. All three of the other victims were stable.

A police spokesperson said the shooting is the third this month, and neighbors lamented the violence. One resident, Ralph Johnson, told NBC10's Monique Braxton that he knows the 15-year-old victim and that the area has seen an uptick in crime since a neighborhood Boys & Girls Club shut down.

A man initially believed to have suffered a graze wound was not injured, said police.

Officers later Wednesday continued to try to sort out the circumstances surrounding the shooting. No arrests, suspects or motives had been reported as of Wednesday afternoon.

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