Police: 12-year-old girl shot on Long Island

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Nassau County's police commissioner says catching the culprit responsible for the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl gunned down in her Long Island home is the department's top priority.

Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said Monday that detectives had received a "significant number" of tips and have already spent thousands of hours investigating the death of 12-year-old Deja Joyner.

But Krumpter said progress was being made "very slowly."

Joyner died Saturday, a day after she was shot in the head when a bullet pierced through a plate glass window of her family's Hempstead home.

Krumpter says detectives are still trying to determine whether the assailant was specifically targeting Joyner or her family. He says investigators are probing all possible motives, including the possibility the shooting was gang-related.

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