2 Shot in Newark, Including 7-Year-Old

It's not clear what led to the shooting

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    Police are investigating a double shooting in Newark Sunday, including that of a 7-year-old girl.

    The shootings happened shortly after 9 a.m. on Astor Street.

    Police were still investigating and would not immediately comment. A local reverend, Alfreddy Fletcher, told NBC New York he met with the father of the young victim and it appeared a bullet grazed the left side of the girl's head.

    The child had had surgery on her left ear, Fletcher said.

    This is the second time in a week a child has been shot in Newark. Last week, a 2-year-old boy died when he was shot in the head by a stray bullet. Wakir Bryant, 27, was arrested in the shooting.

    Fletcher expressed frustration about the violence in Newark. "With children getting hurt, it's unnecessary," he said. "It's a danger to our community."

     

    An adult was also shot, but that person's condition was not known.

    Police were looking for two men seen running down Sherman Avenue shortly after the shooting.

    The relationship between the victims was not clear, and a motive wasn't immediately apparent.

    "There's too much gun violence," said community activist Donna Jackson. "There's too much lack of attention in this city to get these guns off the street."