9-Year-Old Girl Wounded in Bronx Shooting

The girl was playing in front of a building on Bailey Avenue in Kingsbridge, when witnesses said a suspect on a bicycle fired several rounds

Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 11:14 AM EDT
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A 9-year-old Bronx girl was playing in front of a building on Bailey Avenue in Kingsbridge, when witnesses said a suspect on a bicycle fired several rounds. The girl, who is not believed to have been the intended target, was wounded in the torso. Checkey Beckford reports

A 9-year-old Bronx girl was playing in front of a building on Bailey Avenue in Kingsbridge, when witnesses said a suspect on a bicycle fired several rounds. The girl, who is not believed to have been the intended target, was wounded in the torso. Checkey Beckford reports

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A 9-year-old girl was shot while playing outside in the Bronx Friday night, authorities said.

Amanda Chavan was staying at her grandmother's house in Kingsbridge because the family was going to gather for a Father's Day picnic, according to Wanda Forte, the grandmother.

Police said the girl was playing in front of the building on Bailey Avenue at around 9:45 p.m., when witnesses said a suspect on a BMX-style bicycle fired several rounds.

Amanda, who was struck in the torso, is not believed to have been the intended target. She was taken to North Central Bronx Hospital in stable condition.

Amanda was walking and talking the next day, Forte said.

Police described the shooter as being between 15 and 20 years old. No arrests have been made.

Authorities initially released surveillance images of a person on a bicycle believed to be a suspect. The person was identified and questioned, and police say he is no longer a suspect.

Police said a $22,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this assault. 

-Checkey Beckford contributed reporting

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