Investigators in Hayward on Thursday said they were trying to determine why it took hours for a family to call 911 alerting police that a young girl had been shot.
The Hayward Police Department said the 10-year-old girl, who police did not identify, was shot early Thursday morning while sleeping in a front bedroom at her family home on Tampa Avenue.
The girl was at the house with five other family members, two of them young children. As she was sleeping with her older sister, she was struck in the buttocks by a round after someone shot numerous rounds into the home.
“We could have lost six lives with as many rounds that could have potentially been fired,” said Hayward Police Sgt. Mark Ormsby.
Her family called police at 7:35 a.m. That was when she was transported to the hospital, authorities said.
Ormsby said given the number of shots fired, it was strange that even the neighbors didn’t call police.
“We went back and checked our records and we didn’t get any calls -- even from the neighbors,” he said. “We'd think if you hear shots, you'd want to check on your children. It seems a little odd that no one heard it. We would also encourage citizens to call in when they hear gunshots and they don’t get so numb to the sound of gunshots that they don’t call the police.”
There several bullets holes in the home and a car parked in the driveway.
Ormsby said the story could have had a very different ending if the bullets had struck a foot or two over.
"18-24 inches away and we'd be talking about a homicide right now," said Ormsby.
Fortunately, the young girl was able to walk to the gurney and was expected to survive her wound.
“An innocent child was struck by a stray bullet because these cowards didn’t care who they were shooting at,” Ormsby said.
Neighbors told KTVU that the family recently moved to the neighborhood.
A man walking out of the family home who identified himself as the girl's father Thursday afternoon said he doesn't know why his house was shot at.
Hayward Police said the family was cooperating in the investigation. Investigators say there is no description of the gunman.
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