NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT/CNN Newsource) – The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Tuesday night shooting that injured a 5-year-old girl.
The young girl is fighting for her life after being struck in a suspected gang-related shooting.
Family members say Amela Brown had two surgeries and doctors have been working to prevent her brain from swelling.
According to Investigative Sergeant Mike Sawyer, deputies responded to a residence on Pompano Drive near Gracie Farms Road in reference to shots fired.
A 5-year-old girl was in a car with her mother when she was shot.
The young girl was shot in the head and was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
The sheriff’s office is interviewing several persons of interest.
Tuesday’s shooting was the second time that a member of the girl’s family has been targeted.
Brown’s aunt, Jacqueline Hill, says her 14-year old grandson was shot at her home just two weeks ago.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting and several vehicles have been impounded.
And with everyone affected by the impact to a little girl in the community, investigators say they’re determined to bring justice.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
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