Girl, 8, shot in wrist in North Austin on West Side

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The 7-year-old girl was shot shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1600-block of North Major Avenue.

A 8-year-old girl was shot in the wrist Sunday night in the North Austin neighborhood on the city's West Side, just as people gathered for a vigil for a 14-year-old boy fatally shot earlier in the day, police said.

The girl was shot shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1600-block of North Major Avenue. She is the 27th child under the age of 13 shot this year.

A 36-year-old woman was also shot in the left hand. She is not related to the girl, who was identified by family as Jamia Barnes.

The shooting occurred as people were gathering for a vigil for Malik Causey, 14, who was fatally shot nearby early Sunday.

Both the woman and child did not wait for an ambulance and were transported them to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. The woman who drove them to the hospital is Ashake Banks, the mother of Heaven Sutton, a 7-year-old girl who was fatally shot in the same neighborhood in 2012.

Witnesses said a car drove past firing shots.

Several gunshots were heard and witnesses said many children were outside at the time. One of the bullets traveled a block away.

Police are investigating. No one was in custody.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about the shooting.
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