Bullet grazes 7-year-old in Wilmington

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A 7-year-old girl, whose ear was grazed by a bullet Monday night, was one of two victims injured in a shooting on Seventh Street in Wilmington.

Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the area of Seventh and Queen streets just before 10 p.m. Monday and spoke with the child’s mother at the scene, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Officers also found another 24-year-old victim at the scene who had been shot in the thigh.

The mother reported she and her child were walking on South Seventh Street when several shots rang out in the street, Lindsay said. She then heard her daughter scream and noticed the child had been grazed by a bullet.

The child’s mother also reported that before the shooting, she spotted the 24-year-old man standing next to a silver sedan and speaking with someone inside. Lindsay said the victim was not cooperative with police.

Both the girl and the 24-year-old man were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for their gunshot wounds, Lindsay said. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or viaText-A-Tip at 274637. Start your message with Tip708, then type the rest of your tip.