Young Hayward girl shot while sleeping at home

September 19, 2013 6:29:55 PM PDT
Gunfire in the middle of a night struck a Hayward girl as she slept in her bedroom. But the family waited nearly four hours to report the shooting of the 10-year-old.

I spoke with the girl's father. He tells me she is recovering from her injury. We understand that more than three bullets went flying into the wall. We know there were multiple shots fired, At least two of those bullets hit a parked Camero.

"It's scary as a mom especially, you know, because what if that was your child?" neighbor Jessica Coleman said.

Residents who live on Tampa Avenue in Hayward woke up to find part of their block taped off by police investigating the early morning shooting of the 10-year old that lives in this house.

"It kinda freaks me out," Coleman said. "It's a 10-year-old girl you know?"

Police say multiple rounds were fired around 2 a.m. But it wasn't until after 7:30 a.m., more than five hours later, that a woman inside the house called to report that a child had been shot.

"We're unaware of why we were just getting the phone call a couple of hours later," said Hayward Police Dept. Sgt. Mark Ormsby.

We tried to ask those who live in the house, but they didn't want to talk.

"If they know shots are fired and you know that your child has been hit, that would be something that I would absolutely say you have a responsibility to call the police," Sgt. Ormsby said.

Investigators could be seen collecting and removing evidence, like a bed sheet and fragments from the wall.

Police have not identified the shooter or the type of weapon used, only saying the girl was hit in the buttocks by a bullet. They did tell me they are relying on witnesses and possible surveillance video from nearby homes to identify those responsible.

Members of the family returned to the house just before 3 p.m. They told me off camera that the girl is in surgery and doing fine, before going inside and closing the door.


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