Utica girl, 10, hit by errant bullet

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A 10-year-old girl was hit by an errant bullet while sleeping at home on Lincoln Avenue very early this morning in Utica.

The girl was one of two people who were hit with unexpected bullets during the overnight hours in Utica, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said a man with a gunshot wound to his leg walked into the St. Elizabeth Medical Center emergency room at 11:15 p.m. Thursday. Police were notified and responded to the hospital, where the man said he was walking through the 1000 block of Kossuth Ave., when he heard gunfire and was struck in the leg.

The man told police he drove himself to the hospital. Officers went to Kossuth Avenue and found evidence of shots fired in the roadway, authorities said.

The man was eventually transferred to University Hospital in Syracuse for further treatment. Police said his gunshot was not life-threatening.

At 12:10 a.m. today, police said the 10-year-old girl was sleeping on the second floor of a residence in the 1300 block of Lincoln Ave. when she was struck in the arm by gunfire from outside the residence. Police said they found evidence of gunfire in the street. The girl was hospitalized for her non-life threatening injuries.

Both incidents are under investigation by the police Criminal Investigations Division and the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call investigators at 315-223-3510. All calls will be kept confidential.

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