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12-year-old girl shot in the leg set to be released from hospital

The girl was injured after being shot just after 8:00pm Tuesday night
Posted at 3:20 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 16:39:18-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 12-year-old girl who was injured after being shot in the leg Tuesday night is now set to be released from the hospital.

Police responded to the scene on Olympia St SW Tuesday just after 8:00pm.

A neighbor in the area, who asked not to be identified, told FOX 17, “I was outside with my brother and my mom... We just heard a shot and then we just heard cops coming down."

The woman said a group of people who live in the area quickly started to congregate as police arrived on scene.

“The whole neighborhood went down there and the cops are talking, telling everybody to stay back because a little girl got shot," she said.

FOX 17 spoke to several people living on Olympia Wednesday morning. All of them expressed concern over what they see as a rise in gun crime in the area.

“Our children play out here every day. There's at least 20 kids on the block that play all together and for that to happen like that down the street, it's very disappointing and upsetting,” another neighbor said.

On July 16, just a few miles away, a 2-year-old girl was shot in the arm while riding in the car with her father.

Neighbors on Olympia now worried about the safety of their own children.

“It's going to be more scary for them to come out and play now... One of my grandsons said I'm not playing in the front yard no more grandma,” a neighbor told FOX 17 Wednesday.

Grand Rapids Police Department says they are continuing to interview witnesses to Tuesday's shooting and are following up on several leads.

A spokesperson for the department told FOX 17 that the 12-year-old girl was scheduled to be released from an area hospital at some point Wednesday evening.