9-year-old girl shot in drive-by shooting in Orlando

- Neighbors west of downtown Orlando woke up to rapid gunfire Tuesday morning. Orange County deputies were called in around 5:20 a.m. after a drive-by shooting took place in the 1300 block of 22nd Street near Orange Blossom Trail and Kaley Avenue.

According to deputies, 3 types of guns were used and they discovered 30 shell casings either on the street or shot at the house that was targeted.

“It was really loud, there was a lot of them (gunshots); I thought it was a warzone,” said resident Michael Carroll who came outside to have a cigarette right before the gunshots went off. “I ran in my house and jumped in my bathtub because I didn’t know if some bullets would come through my door.” 

Investigators said 3 people were home at the time of the shooting including a 9-year-old girl who was sleeping on the couch. Deputies say she did not live there, but was staying with a family friend. During the shooting deputies stated the homeowner returned fire, shooting 6 times outside, but the suspect or suspects got away.

The 9-year-old girl was caught in the cross fire and was shot in the leg. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“This happened in darkness. Obviously we’re gravely concerned about this level of violence in this neighborhood,” said the Orange County Sheriff Office’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel.

One other home on 22nd Street was hit by a stray bullet but the resident inside was not injured. Deputies are still looking for the gunman and are asking for the public’s help.

The neighbor had this to say to the gunman, "God, why would you want to do something like this? There are babies and children in there, it’s just sad, just sad,” said Carroll. “What kind of world do we live in today?”

Investigators say the homeowner is cooperating with authorities. If you have any information about this shooting call CrimeLine; you can remain anonymous.

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