Police: Teen charged in shooting of 9-year-old girl

May 27, 2022 GMT

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — A 15-year-old Virginia boy has been arrested and charged in a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl in critical condition, police said.

Prince William County police said the teen is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, shooting at an occupied vehicle, use of a firearm in commission of felony and possession of firearm by a juvenile, news outlets report. He is being held at the juvenile detention center, police said.

Officers were called to Gatehouse Terrace on Tuesday evening for reports of a shooting and found a girl with a gunshot wound, police said. She was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police believe the girl was playing outside with friends when one person in a group walking in the area opened fire at a car and struck the girl. Officials say the girl, who was not the intended target, remained in critical condition Friday morning. Gunshots also struck an occupied vehicle and the front door of a home.