11-year-old shot while in car traveling on I-55 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

11-year-old shot while in car traveling on I-55

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An 11-year-old was shot while riding in a car along Interstate 55 Saturday.

According to Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office, the 11-year-old girl had a gunshot wound in her neck and was taken to a hospital in Blytheville, Arkansas.

The girl's family said it occurred near the two-mile marker in Missouri.

The family told deputies they were on vacation from Kirksville, Missouri, traveling south on I-55 when the driver's door window suddenly blew out.

"You should have nothing to worry about driving down the interstate," Tamron Smith said.

The family first thought heat caused the window to shatter, but soon they realized the girl in the back seat had been shot.

After doctors treated her in Blytheville, they decided to fly her to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis to undergo surgery.

During the investigation, a man contacted Pemiscot County deputies saying he had been shooting his pistol in the same area the girl was shot. A preliminary investigation shows the shots could be in line with I-55 from where the man was target practicing.

"That is the bad thing around here; it's really flat and there's not really anywhere to do that except for the levies," Hunter Childers said. "I've never thought about it until this happened. I will definitely take more precautions if I see somebody doing target practice I will avoid it."

Two pistols have been taken to deputies for tests.

"It could have been worse than it was, because you said she's okay, but the people who did it should face charges," Smith said. "If you're going to do that you make sure you don't aim close to here or aim in this area."

Deputies said they believe it was an accident and no others are in danger.

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