An 11-year-old girl was wounded early Tuesday morning when a barrage of bullets was fired at a house in Lexington during her birthday slumber party, according to police.
The shooting wasn’t random, police said.
Officers were called at 2:52 a.m. to the 800 block of Carneal Road, just off of East Loudon Avenue, police Lt. Jeremy Tuttle said.
The girl was alert when she was taken to a hospital, Tuttle said. Her name hasn’t been released by police.
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“Several children and adults were inside the home when the shooting occurred,” said public information officer Brenna Angel. “The homeowner was hosting a birthday slumber party for the victim, who turns 12 years old on Wednesday.
“Investigators ... are working to determine why the house was targeted.”
Marleigh Norton lives with her father next door to where the shooting happened. Norton was sleeping on the couch in the living room when she was woken up by the sound of six to 10 gunshots. Norton said the neighborhood was troubled with crime in 2005 when her father moved there but that had since changed.
“There hasn’t been issues like this for awhile,” Norton said.
After the gunshots woke her up, Pamela Cummins, another neighbor, said she looked out of her window and saw a man leaning over the top of a car with a gun and firing into the house from the opposite side of the street.
When she first heard the shots, she said it “could have been horsing around, for all I know.”
Cummins described her neighborhood, where she has lived for the last 35 years, as usually “very pleasant and quiet.”
Police have no suspect or vehicle information available at this time. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police at (859) 258-3600.