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Gun battle wounds girl, 10

July 5, 2009 8:28:21 PM PDT
A child playing outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon was hit by a bullet. Police said she was wounded in front of her home in Irvington, New Jersey.

"She never really had a chance because bullets was just ringing out," the victim's mother, Aalyah Davis, said.

It happened so fast. Quaalyah Davis was sitting on the porch with friends when suddenly a gun battle erupted between two men in the middle of 21st Street.

"It was a gun battle. It was a gun battle. It was bullets coming from everywhere," Davis said. "I could see this silver gun showing. It was just boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. I just ducked. Everybody just.hit the deck."

When the gunfire stopped, Aalyah, scrambling to her children, realized the worst.

'My baby was on the porch clutching her stomach and gasping for air. At that point, I just grabbed her up," she said.

"When I pulled up I just saw Leah run up to the car. She had the baby in her hands, and she was begging me, she was telling me 'They shot my baby. Help me. Get me to the hospital.' So I put the baby in the car and we drove off, " Natasha Bell, a neighbor, said.

Quaalyah was rushed to University Hospital where she underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators marked off 17 shell casings at the scene and began a search for possible suspects.

There is no word on a possible motive, but neighbors believe the shooting was gang related.


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