WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE-TV) -- Four people are in custody after an eight-year-old girl died from a stray bullet while sleeping overnight. Police believe one of those in custody fired the shots.
It happened at a mobile home park in the 3100 block of S. Broadway around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. Lt. Todd Ojile, Wichita homicide detective, said a fight broke out in a parking lot across the street from the mobile home park between a man driving a stolen car and four other men.
Officers were called to the scene when a bullet grazed a woman in the head who was in her home watching a movie. She was treated at a hospital and released.
Police then started notifying homeowners in the area when they found bullet holes in homes and shell casings nearby. Officers were told about the girl's death about 30 minutes after the initial shooting.
The family's pastor tells KAKE News that the child and two other siblings were asleep inside, when stray bullets hit the home.
The mother told the pastor that she went to check on her children after hearing gunshots, but did not find anything suspicious. She went to check on them again, and found her daughter in a pool of blood.
Police say the girl suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died instantly. The other two children, ages 4 and 6, were sleeping next to the victim. They were not hurt.
A USD 259 spokeswoman said the girl was a 3rd grade student at Enterprise Elementary and previously attended White Elementary. The district said the crisis response team is at the school to provide support for students and staff.
Police are looking for the driver of a 2011 black, Ford Focus, with Kansas plates 511 EVP in connection to the deadly shooting. Investigators said the car may be stolen. Anyone with information should call 911.