12-year-old girl shot by pellet gun from passing car on Long Island

DEER PARK, Long Island (WABC) -- A 12-year-old child is recovering after being shot by a pellet gun in Suffolk County.

Police say the girl was walking in the parking lot of the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park on Monday around 5:30 p.m. when she was struck in the eye.

Investigators believe the pellet was fired from an airsoft gun by a person in a passing car.

The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

That same car was involved in a similar incident in North Babylon about 20 minutes earlier. No one was injured in that incident.

The vehicle was described as a dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai Elantra, believed to be occupied by three or four men.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

"It's a horrible incident, what we have is a car was driving by, our perp pointed what looked like a firearm, come to learn it was a pellet gun, fired at somebody, we are almost positive it wasn't the young lady," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said. "She got struck in the eye. Thank the lord she doesn't have any serious physical injuries."

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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