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Police: 12-year-old wounded by stray bullet

Search for the shooter underway
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Posted at 6:56 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 18:38:27-04

CLEVELAND — A 12-year-old girl is recovering after Cleveland police believe she was hit by a stray bullet early Thursday morning.

Police responded to the area of West 87th Street and Lake Avenue at around 3:20 a.m. to a call for shots fired.

Residents in the area told police they heard gunshots.

Detectives learned a 31-year-old woman, who was not injured, was driving her 12-year-old niece to drop off a friend at a convenience store near West 87th Street and Detroit Avenue.

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Cleveland EMS confirms 12-year-old girl transported with a gunshot wound from I-90.

As the friend exited the vehicle, shots were heard, so the 31-year-old drove away and discovered her 12-year-old niece had been shot in the arm.

Police say the woman tried driving the girl to the hospital but stopped along Interstate 90 because of a flat tire. Investigators say the tire may have been shot out.

An ambulance took the girl to the hospital where she was treated, then released.

The shooting incident remains under investigation, police said.