Assailant knocks on door, shoots 3-year-old girl

December 15, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 3-year-old Salisbury girl was shot in the abdomen yesterday after a relative answered a knock at the door of their residence, police in the Eastern Shore city reported.

Lt. Gene Powell said the assailant knocked on the door of a first-floor apartment in the 400 block of Naylor St. about 4: 30 p.m. When a man answered, the assailant fired a .22 caliber firearm, and the bullet struck the girl in the abdomen and left her body, Powell said.

He said the girl was taken by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she was treated for a non-life threatening wound and held overnight for observation.

Powell said that no arrest had been made and that it was not known if the man, a relative of the victim, was an intended target. Powell said investigators had received conflicting information from the relative.

Pub Date: 12/15/97

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