Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

5-year old Nebraska girl shot to death during drive-by stray bullet

5-year old Payton Benson (source)
A 5-year old girl, Payton Benson, was sitting down to eat breakfast in her home in Omaha,
Nebraska.  A block away, someone in a car with three people opened fire with a handgun and a high-powered rifle.  One of those shots entered Payton's home and hit her.  She died from her wounds.

The family car also had its tires flattened, preventing Payton's mother from driving her to the hospital.

Most likely it was gang-related.  The girl had recently moved from Chicago to get away from gun violence.

From an article, which also has video and images of the shooters and their car:
A 5-year-old Omaha girl was gunned down as she ate breakfast inside her home Wednesday - felled by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting. 
Cops responded to reports of a hail of gunfire near 45th and Emmett Sts. around 9:45 a.m. to find little Payton Benson critically wounded, police said in a statement. 
The girl later died at a hospital. 
The fatal bullet was fired from more than a city block away, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday evening at a press conference. The area has recently been rife with gang violence and shootings. 
The little girl was the city's first homicide victim of the year, he said. 
"No one inside Payton's house or anyone associated with the house was the intended target," Schmaderer said. .... 
Little Payton, who’d moved with her mother from crime-stricken Chicago, was also the grandniece of Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray. 
Cops believe three suspects blasted the house with a handgun and high-powered rifle as they drove past in a dark-colored Jeep Commander, the Omaha World Herald reported.
Bullets don't know when to stop.

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