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3-year-old girl in Baltimore is fatally shot

A 3-year-old girl was fatally shot Friday afternoon in Baltimore, authorities said.

The girl was hit just before 4 p.m. on the street in the Waverly area, where she lived. It is about a mile east of the Johns Hopkins University campus.

“We do not have a motive right now,” said Detective Jeremy Silbert, a Baltimore police spokesman. However, he said, it “does not appear that the child was targeted.”

He said that a 21-year-old woman who was sitting outdoors suffered graze wounds in the gunfire in the 3600 block of York Road and that a third person, also with a gunshot wound, arrived at a hospital soon after.

Silbert said he could not confirm a Baltimore television station’s report that the girl was hit in an exchange of shots between people on foot and in a car.

A resident said people heard what sounded like firecrackers. It “was fast,” she said.

Two-story brick rowhouses with small porches line one side of the street, which a resident said was quiet and is home to a mixture of “all kinds of people” with “nobody fussing or fighting.”

Nobody “expected anything like this,” she said. “It’s a tragedy.”



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