Stray bullet hits 12-year-old girl in car on Jacksonville's Westside

Police say bullet pierced rear passenger side of car, hit girl in elbow

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 12-year-old girl was shot Wednesday night while riding in the back seat of a car on Lane Avenue, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the bullet pierced the rear passenger side of the vehicle and struck the girl in her elbow while the aunt was turning onto Lane Avenue from San Juan Avenue in the Hyde Park area.

Neither the girl's mother nor aunt, who were in the car, were hurt. The driver told police there was a man in a champagne-colored car passing them and they were near a Family Dollar store when they heard two gunshots, and the girl started screaming.

Police were not sure if the driver of that car had anything to do with the shooting.

The girl's relatives drove her about three miles to Park West ER on 103rd Street for treatment. She was transferred to Wolfson Children's Hospital. Police said her injuries were not life-threatening. A neighbor said Thursday she was expected to make a full recovery.

Ashley Baity works nearby at the Gammy's Country Cooking restaurant. She said she didn't witness the shooting, but other businesses knew about it.

"It's appalling. It's sad," Baity said. "But honestly, with the world today, it's becoming more and more common."

News4Jax asked nearby businesses if they had surveillance footage from the incident. None of those businesses had any video to provide.

No arrests were made as of Thursday morning.

About the Authors: