3-Year-Old Girl Shot in Southeast D.C.

Friday, May 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:35 PM EDT
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A 3-year-old girl is recovering from a bullet wound after a shootout in her D.C. neighborhood, News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

Jackie Bensen

A 3-year-old girl is recovering from a bullet wound after a shootout in her D.C. neighborhood, News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

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A 3-year-old girl was taken to Children's Hospital with serious injuries following a shooting in southeast D.C. Thursday evening.

Sources told News4's Shomari Stone as many as five shots were fired when the child was struck in the leg while standing on a balcony in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE after 6 p.m.

Police may be looking for a maroon car or minivan, the source said. Police have not confirmed any lookouts or how many shots were fired.

The girl's father told Stone it appears the girl was caught in crossfire. Her injuries were non-life-threatening. "My daughter's fine. She's doing fine right now," her father said.

Marie Julian, a neighbor, tells News4 she was rattled by the shooting. "I'm feeling very upset because I have two [children] of my own. My son and my daughter come out on the balcony. It's just out of control. I don't feel safe at all."

Other neighbors say something has to be done to stop the violence.

D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry tweeted, "Learning about this toddler being shot in Ward 8 tonight. Absolutely breaks my heart." He went on to write, "Jobs, jobs, jobs -- that's what will make a tremendous difference in turning crime around in W8 and the District overall."

Surveillance video shows two persons of interest in the case:

Anyone who can identify them or knows anything about the shooting should call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to 50411.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more information.

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