Girl, 9, struck by bullet in road rage battle

2014-07-17T21:15:00Z 2014-07-18T14:53:52Z Girl, 9, struck by bullet in road rage battleArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A 9-year-old girl was struck in the leg by gunfire after the driver of the vehicle she was riding in was involved in a road rage incident with the driver of another car.

The child was taken to the hospital by paramedics for a non-life-threatening injury, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a 911 call about a shooting near East Irvington Road and South Campbell Avenue, Dugan said.

Police were flagged down by people standing outside of a vehicle who told officers that their daughter had been shot.

Officers and a Pima County sheriff’s deputy gave aid to the child until paramedics arrived, Dugan said.

Officers were told that the vehicle the child was in and another car were traveling east on Irvington when the drivers began arguing over a driving issue, which then turned into a road rage incident, Dugan said.

The vehicles turned south on Campbell and the drivers continued arguing, then gunfire was exchanged between both vehicles, Dugan said.

The driver with the child who had been shot turned the vehicle to head north on Campbell, while the other car continued traveling south, he said.

The car that left was described as a white Dodge Neon with four doors. It had at least two occupants, Dugan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Compiled by Carmen Duarte

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