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A 9-year-old girl was shot in the back at Robles Park in Tampa just after 7:00 p.m. while she was at the basketball court.

Just before that, an argument broke out between two teenage boys on the court, one went home and grabbed a friend’s gun then fired it in the direction of the basketball courts.

The 9-year-old girl was struck in the lower back and taken to the hospital.

One of the neighbors that lives in the area named Ms. Smith said, “I heard a pop, people screaming, I came to the front door and heard a little girl saying she had been shot.”

She continued, “The little girl is a strong person, she was calm, saying she’s going to be okay,” Smith said. “I don’t feel this is a safe place for kids. You let you kids go out and play and their life is in danger, that’s nervewrecking.”

The girl is in stable condition. The alleged shooter was taken into custody.


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