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8-year-old girl hit by bullet after shots fired on Orange County bike trail

Victims taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

An 8-year-old was hit by a bullet and another man was struck by a bullet fragment Saturday night.

According to officials, Orange County sheriff's deputies responded to the 1100 block of Robinson Avenue around 11 p.m. for a 911 emergency call.

When authorities arrived to the scene, they found an 8-year-old girl with a gunshot wound and another man in his 20s who was struck by a ricocheted bullet fragment.

Officials said both victims were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect(s) are unknown to the victim and are outstanding," OCSO said.

News 6 spoke with the child's mother, Mary James. She said there were nearly 100 bullet holes into her home. She told us her 8-year-old daughter, Amy Bradford, is thankfully going to be okay. 

"She had surgery, they removed the bullet. She’s strong," said James. "This my baby girl."

Deputies said there was an exchange of gunshots fired on the bike trail near the victim's home where the victims were subsequently shot.

James' daughter was inside their family’s home when bullets came flying through fast Saturday night. She told News 6 her nine kids and their three cousins were all inside the home when gunfire came through. She said many of them were playing video games In her son’s room. 

Her 20-year old son was grazed by a bullet and is going to be okay, though his family said he will need surgery later.

James told News 6 her family has been targeted before, and she wants to know why. She said she also wants to move. 

"I didn’t know somebody could be so nasty and evil like that, that’s crazy," said James.  

Orange County Sheriff's investigators haven’t yet said what led up to the exchange of gunfire, or who was involved. They also haven’t released information on a possible suspect. 

As for 8-year-old Amy Bradford, her family said she'll be at the hospital at least until Wednesday while she recovers. 

According to officials, the investigation is still in the early stages.

No other details have been released.

Stay with News 6 for updates to this developing story.


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