Police: Girl killed, 2 boys wounded in 2 drive-by shootings

North Carolina

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STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was killed and two other children were wounded in a pair of drive-by shootings that happened blocks apart on Monday night in Statesville, according to police.

News outlets report that the first shooting happened just before 7 p.m. as the girl and a 7-year-old boy were playing in the yard outside a home. Responding officers found two children with gunshot wounds, Statesville police said in a release. Both were taken to a hospital, but police said the girl died. The boy is still hospitalized, but police didn’t release details of his condition.

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Officers were still at the scene of the first shooting heard gunfire around 8:30 p.m. and discovered another shooting three blocks away. Officers arrived to find a 10-year-old boy with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police said.

Police have not said whether they believe the the shootings are related.

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