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6-year-old girl shot at DC playground

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A 6-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was hit in the leg by stray gunfire at a Northwest D.C. playground.

A 25-year-old man was also shot. He got into a car with a friend or relative and was taken to the hospital to get treated for his wounds.

Witnesses say as many as 20 children were on the slides and swings at a playground at the Park Morton apartment complex when a man in black pulled out a pistol and walked through the play area targeting another man.

Kalia Smalley is up and moving around with the help of a walker and staying close by her mother’s side. The bullet struck her left leg -- just missing bone.

"I thank God that he is protecting my child even though she was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said her mother, Calandra Smalley. “You know, things happen.”

Kalia’s mother said she ran toward the playground when she heard the gunfire and found her daughter running toward her. She used a jacket to stop the bleeding and waited for help to arrive. She is now furious with the gunman.

"Anytime you could go on the playground and just open fire with innocent kids there, you don't have regard for anything,” Calandra said. “And a person like this shouldn’t be out on the street. They should be in jail.”

Another mother who witnessed the attack from her apartment above the playground and did not want to be identified said the man with the gun had only one thing in mind.

"When I realized, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, look at the kids, they’re on the floor, the mothers are yelling,’” she said. “I started yelling [at the gunman], ‘What are you doing? There are kids out there!’ He didn't care what anybody was saying.”

"Even a pregnant woman was outside and I saw her dive into her twins not caring that she was pregnant to make sure that her twins were safe.”

One of the rounds hit the stairs leading to the slides and another went right through a slide.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said eight shell casings were found on the playground.

There are surveillance cameras surrounding the playground, but it is unclear if they recorded anything at this point that will be helpful to police.


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