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An 11-year-old girl while she was at her grandmother’s house when shots erupted outside and a stray bullet took her life. “She was killed while she was attending a sleepover in our community,” said Detroit Police Chief James White.
Following the tragic event, Two people are in custody, an adult and a minor, following the Saturday shooting, which took place around 10:15 p.m.., Detroit police said.
No one other than the girl was injured when the shots rang out, police said.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said that, “When you can have an 11-year-old girl in a house with her grandmother and five other children up to 7 years old, dancing happily in the house, and a bullet goes through and kills her, it hits you very hard.“.
The police chief blamed “irresponsible possession of weapons” and “irresponsible use of a weapon.”
“It is of epidemic proportions right now in our country and in our city”, he told reporters.
“Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim at this unimaginable time,” the Detroit Police Department tweeted.
The girl’s death came amid another weekend of mass shootings in the US. Three people were killed and many others injured when multiple people opened fire on a Philadelphia street, and at least three people were killed and others injured in a mass shooting outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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