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Police Search For Suspect In 9-Year-Old Bronx Girl's Shooting

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Police are continuing to look for a suspect who they say fired a shot that hit a 9-year-old Bronx girl in the torso Friday night.

It happened around 9:20 p.m. Friday near the corner of Bailey Avenue and 233th Street in Kingsbridge.

Police say the shooter opened fire while riding on a bike.

The girl, identified by family and friends as just "Amanda," was outside playing when one of the bullets ricocheted and hit her in the stomach.

Officials say when the ambulance arrived at the scene, the girl was already gone.

The girl was taken by relatives and neighbors to Jacobi Hospital, where she's expected to survive.

Witnesses said the girl was in shock and looking for her mother.

"The little girl ran in the building, scared, crying, screaming for her mother at the top of her lungs," said Sam Fern, a witness. "Me and my friend Macho had to go and approach her and assure her that she was safe, that we was just trying to get her to the hospital and make sure everything's OK."

"They not hitting the ones they're shooting at," said one person in the neighborhood. "They're hitting innocent bystanders. Older people, innocent kids, people that don't have nothing to do with nothing."

"There's just too many guns out here," said another. "I wish that the government, elected officials could stop the guns coming in."

Police said the individual fled on a bike along Albany Crescent.

A $22,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Officials released an image earlier Saturday of a person that they say is no longer a person of interest.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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