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8-Year-Old Girl Shot On Detroit's West Side

March 23, 2018 - 8:40 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A suspect is in custody for the apparent random shooting of an 8-year-old girl on Detroit's west side. 

The shooting took place Friday morning near a bus stop in the area of Plymouth Road and Wyoming Avenue.

Carrie Philson said she was taking her daughter Kaya to school when the little girl started screaming.

"All I heard was, like, firecrackers and then the car 'ding, ding, ding' and the next thing I know is she was screaming," Philson said through tears. "And so I pulled to the gas station, the abandoned one right here, and my tires popped. I made it over here so I could get to her and I wrapped her arm up with her sweater because there was so much blood."

The girl was transported to Children's Hospital by Detroit EMS. Her current condition is unknown, but she is expected to survive. 

The shooting happened outside of a Green Light gas station, so police had clear HD images of the alleged shooter. Officers canvassed the area and took the suspect into custody shortly after the shooting.

"There doesn't appear to be a motive. He was just talking to people in the parking lot, asking for a loose cigarette and making comments along the lines of if he doesn't get a loosie soon that it's about to go down," Second Precinct Commander Brian Mounsey told WWJ's Mike Campbell. "He was, from my understanding, over near the bus stop and just started randomly shooting. We believe at least two vehicles were struck and one 8-year-old child was in one of the vehicles and struck in the shoulder."

Police are currently searching the surrounding area for the weapon. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

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