ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — A stray bullet went through the back of a house and grazed an 8-year-old girl watching television after a police officer and suspect exchanged gunfire in a New Jersey shore town, prosecutors said.
A 20-year-old man being chased by an Asbury Park officer Wednesday night fired toward the patrolman, who fired back, First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux told the Asbury Park Press.
Investigators weren't sure which of the shots entered the house and hit the girl, who was treated and released from a hospital Wednesday night.
The suspect was taken to a hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening, LeMieux said. The officer was not hit.
A handgun was found at the scene. The suspect's name has not been released.
"I heard the mom crying," said Kyraun Wilson, who lives across the street. "She said, 'My baby got shot.'"
Derek Reevey lives in the house next door and said a bullet hit the exterior of his house, but was stopped by a beam near where his wife was sitting watching television.
"This is too close to home," he said. "You can't be safe in your own home."
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