ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police said two teenage girls — 13 and 14 years old — were shot Saturday night by occupants of a car that drove past them in Orlando’s Malibu Groves neighborhood.
Officers responded at 9:28 p.m. to the 400 block of Gilman Cir. after a group of juveniles standing on the corner of South Fanfair Avenue and Gilman Circle was shot at by people inside of a silver sedan.
The girls who were shot suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital by the Orlando Fire Department, police said.
“I heard the shots, boom, boom, boom,” said Ina Lewis.
Lewis said she heard at least five gunshots.
“And I hit the floor,” Lewis said. “And I stayed down that one that floor until the shooting was all over.”
No suspects have been identified at the time of this report.
An investigation is ongoing, police said.
“I’m telling you, isn’t that awful?” Lewis said. “That’s just plum awful. They need to take these guns off these streets.”
The city of Orlando is working to get those guns off the streets.
Last Monday, city commissioners approved allocating the use of a federal grant to use more than $1 million over the next two years for a community violence intervention program.
The plan is to hire a team of street outreach workers to work alongside people they say are most at risk and provide them with wrap around services like counseling, housing, and job training.
It’s all in partnership with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the Parks and Recreation Department, law enforcement, and other organizations.
Meantime, if you can help make an arrest or know anything about the person or people who opened fire on Saturday, you’re asked to call Orlando police right away.