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Girl, 8, Shot Inside Moving Car in Lauderhill: Police

Police believe the girl was struck by indiscriminate gunfire

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Police are investigating after an 8-year-old girl was shot while riding in a moving car in Lauderhill late Monday.

The girl was riding in the backseat of a car being driven by her mother on Northwest 56th Avenue near Sunrise Boulevard when they heard a barrage of loud explosions shortly before midnight, Lauderhill Police officials said.

The mother noticed her daughter was injured and drove to Florida Medical Center for Treatment.

Investigators believe a projectile passed through the base of the car's door and hit the girl in the leg.

The girl suffered a non-life threatening injury and was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Police are still investigating the shooting but said they have no leads.

It's believed the girl was struck by indiscriminate gunfire. People who live nearby said random shooting happens all the time, especially on the Fourth of July.

"It’s sad. It’s a sad thing for innocent kids to get hurt when it’s supposed to be fun, family time," neighbor Jazzmen Pabon said.

In another part of Lauderhill, a fire rescue crew's truck was hit by a stray bullet when officials said someone discharged a weapon into the air.

No one was struck, but the bullet did damage the truck's windshield.

"People need to understand that families are outside with young children celebrating on the Fourth of July, celebrating on the holidays, that when they discharge a firearm into the air, it’s potentially life-threatening," said Lt. Joseph Panczak of Lauderhill Fire Rescue.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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