3-Year-Old Stockton Girl Killed by Stray Bullet; Police Say Her Family’s Car ‘Was in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time’

A 3-year-old girl was killed Sunday night after she was struck by gunfire while riding in a car with her family through a Stockton neighborhood, police said.

The girl, who has not been identified, her mother, grandmother and another family member were inside the car at 8:26 p.m. as it headed down the 1100 block of South Commerce Street and gunshots rang out, according to the Stockton Police Department.

After hearing the gunshots, the family began checking on everyone inside the car and noticed the girl was hit, police spokesman Officer Joseph Silva said. The family immediately drove the toddler to the hospital, where the girl died. The family was not the intended target, police said.

“This is a case of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

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