12-Year-Old Girl Struck by Stray Bullet on Long Island Dies - NBC New York

12-Year-Old Girl Struck by Stray Bullet on Long Island Dies

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    12-Year-Old Girl Struck by Stray Bullet on Long Island Dies

    A 12-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet inside her home on Long Island has died, authorities said. (Published Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015)

    A 12-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet inside her Long Island home has died and authorities said they're working around the clock to find the shooter.

    "Dejah Joyner's life was violently cut short before she even had a chance to live it – this is a heartbreaking tragedy and we will do everything in our power to make sure that the gunman is brought to justice," acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Sunday.

    Authorities are offering a $75,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

    Dejah was shot Friday evening as she stood in the living room of her home in Hempstead, investigators said. A single bullet shot from the street crashed through a plate glass window, striking her in the head.

    The girl's mother and father were home in another room at the time, police said.

    Neighbors told NBC 4 New York that shots have been fired at the girl's house in the past.

    The girl was rushed to Winthrop University Hospital, where she remained in critical condition until she died Saturday evening.

    Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or the Nassau County Homicide Squad at 516-573-7788. 

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