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7-year-old girl dies after being shot in head during Pontiac drive-by, police say

Posted at 7:14 PM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-18 19:17:24-04

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) — Oakland County deputies say a 7-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition after she was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting in Pontiac Friday.

It happened around 4:50 p.m. in the area of Wilson Avenue and Edmund Court.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office says that detectives have identified at least one person of interest involved with the drive-by shooting.

The girl was sitting in the backseat of a car parked at a home when she was shot, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Officials also said the mother was shot in the head as well.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office state that the 7-year-old was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the hospital. A news release states three other children in the car, all under 12 years old.

“All too often we see gang members seeking to perpetrate violence against rivals strike innocent victims in the process,” Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard said in a statement. “This is completely unacceptable, and the tragic loss of this child will not be tolerated. If you carry or use a gun illegally in furtherance of criminal activity, we are coming for you.”