By: Sylvia Ramirez - Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:21:23 -0800
OAKLAND (BCN) -- An 8-year-old girl has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home after being shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting in East Oakland Monday afternoon, police Chief Howard Jordan said.
He said the girl was standing on the sidewalk outside a house at 2249 65th Ave. shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday when several suspects in a vehicle that was driving by fired multiple shots at a sports utility vehicle that was parked in the home's driveway.
The 8-year-old girl wasn't the intended target but the suspects missed the people they were shooting at and she was the only person who was injured, Jordan said.
Jordan said police haven't yet determined the motive for the shooting that are still interviewing the intended victims and witnesses to try to develop more information.
The house was hit by gunfire and has several bullet holes. The black Chevrolet Silverado Z71 that also was hit by gunfire had its back window blown out and glass fragments lie on the ground next to it.
Jordan said he came to the scene of the shooting "to show my support for the community and to show that we take this seriously and will do our best to bring the perpetrators to justice."
He said, "I'm particularly sensitive to young kids being shot and we want to make sure this doesn't continue."
However, Jordan said solving the crime and similar cases "depends on getting cooperation from the victims and witnesses" and admitted, "some of it may come down to luck."
A woman who lives just a few houses away from the shooting and has a 5-year-old daughter said the shooting is "disturbing and sad" and she's concerned because her daughter could have been a victim if she'd been in the same spot at the same time.
The woman said, "I feel under siege at times" and is planning to move away from Oakland in a few years because she and her family don't feel safe anymore.
The woman, who was born and raised in Oakland and said she continues to love the city, said, "My dad is very concerned for me" and wants her to move away as soon as possible.
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