8-year-old girl grazed by a stray bullet at the Flex Training Center on Imperial Valley in N. Harris County


HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – An 8-year-old girl is in hospital after being grazed by a stray bullet while at a basketball gym with her mother in northern County Harris.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the FLEX training center in the 18500 block of Imperial Valley Drive and Rankin at around 8:20 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the girl was taking an exercise class when the stray bullet grazed her shoulder.

She was taken to hospital, but is expected to be okay.

Five adults, including the child’s mother, were inside the facility at the time.

Investigators say the door was open and believe this is how the bullet traveled inside the building and hit the girl. Authorities also believe the shot was fired from a handgun.

Gonzalez says several gunshots were heard coming from the direction of the road.

Investigators are looking for cartridge cases, but also need more information.

If you know anything about the shooting, contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000 or CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Monday night’s incident marked the third child to be hit by a stray bullet in the Houston area since Christmas Eve.

On Sunday morning, an 11-year-old girl was shot dead while sleeping in her bed in Livingston.

Polk County MPs say they want to speak with someone of interest named Avery Norman, who can drive a black Dodge truck or a black Acura, about the 1988 FM shooting.

If you have any information regarding Norman’s whereabouts, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.

On Christmas Eve, a 5-year-old was shot dead when a neighbor’s gun accidentally detonated at an apartment complex on Barker Cypress.

The child was taken to hospital in good condition.

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