'Just turn yourself in': Neighbor weighs in after 9-year-old girl wounded in West Side shooting

Shooting was called in just before 10:30 p.m. in 1300 block of Allende Street

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer, Japhanie Gray - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A 9-year-old girl was taken to an area hospital after she was shot on the city's West Side late Thursday night, San Antonio police said.

The shooting was called in just before 10:30 p.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Allende Street, not far from Castroville Road.

“We just came in when we heard the shots,” said a next-door neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “We heard it so close by. I just threw my grandson down and I told my daughter, ‘Are you OK?’ because she was in the next room. I said, ‘Are you OK? I don’t know what happened.’ It just sounded so loud.”

According to police, the girl was sitting on the front porch of the home when she was shot once in the right thigh. The bullet passed through her leg and into her left calf, police said. She was rushed to University Hospital for her injuries.

“It’s bad that people just sometimes just pass by shooting, not knowing that they are going to hurt innocent children when they don’t know anything about crime and stuff yet,” said the neighbor. “That little girl is a sweet little girl, who I am sure has no idea what violence is. She and her little brother come over here sometimes and help take care of my grandson. They play outside.”

Investigators said they currently don't have much information to go on. Witnesses who were also outside only could tell police that a dark sedan was seen driving by shortly after the shots were fired.

“I saw where some people were saying, ‘What was she doing out so late?’ It is summer! Kids go to sleep late. That family is always outside hanging with each other,” said the neighbor. “She wasn’t in the street or on the sidewalk. She was at her house.”

The San Antonio Police Department, the San Antonio Fire Department and EMS crews all answered the call.

Police said their investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

“Just turn yourself in,” the neighbor said. “This was a kid that you shot. I don’t know what you were trying to do. It is a child. They are innocent. I am concerned now because I have my grandson, too, and he just likes to play outside. I have a 13-year-old, too, and I told her now we have to be careful when we are outside.”

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