Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook says an 11-year-old girl was shot at an apartment complex Tuesday night, the latest in a rash of shootings in the city over the last week and a half.
Holbook said at a Wednesday news conference the girl was hit by a single bullet at an apartment complex on Falling Springs Road. The girl was taken to the hospital where she underwent surgery, and is in stable condition.
Witnesses said a car pulled into the parking lot of the units and began firing at one of the buildings. The chief says the girl wasn't the intended target, and that the shooter was likely trying to hurt someone else.
"We feel like the gunfire was random," Holbrook said. "Just to make a point."
Just two days earlier, a 13-year-old boy was shot in almost identical circumstances at the same units. That victim, who was hit in the neck, is also in stable condition.
Since July 30, when there was a fatal shooting at the Latimer Manor apartments on Lorick Avenue in Columbia, there have been 10 gun incidents in Columbia.
Some of the crimes may be connected. But Holbrook said his agency hasn't gotten the tips they need to make breaks in the case, and he's asking for the public's help.
"I think we have to ask ourselves a question: when is enough enough?" Holbrook said.
Anyone with information in the shootings can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.