A girl is in the hospital after being shot in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
It happened around 6:30 p.m. on the 5200 block of Marlboro Pike at the parking lot of a shopping center in the Coral Hills area.
An investigation found that a shooting took place outside the shopping center, and the girl was inside waiting on a food order when she was struck in her stomach.
Police said the 12-year-old was taken to the hospital with critical injuries and rushed to surgery, Prince George’s County Police Deputy Chief Kevin Hughes said. On Saturday, police said the girl’s condition remains critical.
Police do not believe she was the intended target. No other injuries have been reported.
Prelim info: At approx 6:35 pm, officers responded here for a shooting. The officers located a child suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to a hospital with critical injuries.
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) October 9, 2021
“We need the public’s help in trying to find out anyone who may be involved in this incident … If you have information that could help us, if you’re aware what happened tonight, please give us a call at our crime solvers numbers, which is 1-866-411-TIPS. And we need the community’s help in solving this case tonight,” Hughes said.
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks echoed Hughes’s plea for help, saying the public’s help is critical in trying to get to the bottom of what happened.
“It just goes without saying that children are absolutely off-limits … Anyone who knows anything, we ask you, please to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department. Again, our kids are off limits,” Alsobrooks said.
Below is a map of where it happened.
WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.