9-year-old girl shot in Hercules

December 4, 2010 4:49:26 PM PST
A 9-year-old girl who was shot when she opened the door of her Hercules home Friday night has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

She is a fourth-grader who lives with her aunt and several cousins. She is now in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. The search meantime, continues for the man who shot her.

"Who would do something like this? She looked out the window and that's when she got shot," her aunt said.

In a matter of moments, a house on Brighton Street was under attack. Someone knocked on the door at around 10:30 p.m. Friday. As soon as the little girl looked out a side window, the shooting started.

"Through the window and then kept on shooting, shot the door, shot the walls. She got shot pretty bad," her aunt explained.

"She was shot in the neck and the back," said Hercules police spokesperson Doreen Mathews. "It takes a pretty cold-hearted individual to do that."

The girl is the key witness, though police say there are several others. They spoke with them Friday night. The girl's aunt and nine children, ranging in age from 2 to 18, live at the house.

Investigators it was all planned and someone in the house was a target. The aunt, who runs a day care center out of the home, disagrees.

"I believe that this house wasn't the house they wanted. If somebody would come up and see that there's a sign on the door that I was closed, child care is closed, they should have walked away," the aunt says.

"They're very much the kind of people that everybody around here wishes was gone," said one neighbor who is afraid of retaliation. He told ABC7 there have been problems there ever since the family moved in two years ago.

Hercules police also confirmed that they have been to the house several times over the past nine months and about three months ago, shots were fired at the same house. No one was hurt that time and no one was ever arrested.

"I'm scared to death. This is just not the neighborhood where we have problems like that so, it just really makes me nervous," said neighbor Heather Jackson.

Police re-iterated that this was an isolated incident and a planned attack. Still, they are beefing up patrols in that area.


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