4-year-old injured in shooting at Durham apartment

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Durham police are investigating a shooting after a 4-year-old girl was injured Thursday night when a shot was fired inside an apartment. (WTVD)

Durham police are investigating a shooting after a 4-year-old girl was injured Thursday night when a shot was fired inside an apartment.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Underwood Avenue.

When police officers arrived, they were told the child had been taken to the hospital in a person's vehicle.

According to authorities, the 4-year-old was inside the apartment when the shot was fired and suffered a gunshot wound to her leg and a graze wound to her arm. Authorities said her injuries were non-life threatening.

Jennifer Parkhurst can't believe her 4-year-old neighbor is now the latest victim of gunfire Durham.

"I'm horrified," says Parkhurst. "That's got to leave the kid quite traumatized."

Police said the bullet entered an adjoining apartment, but no one inside the home was hurt.

A police K-9 later found a gun in the bushes near the apartment.

Though the girl is expected to survive, the emotional scars are harder to identify - even for the victim's neighbors.

Shamika Lyon says the victim and her daughter are close.

"It really hurt my daughter's little heart," Lyon said. "She broke down crying and fell on the couch screaming 'my friend, my friend!'"

Police say investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

According to DPD's Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), four children have been shot so far in 2016 in Durham. In February, a 12-year-old was shot and a toddler was shot, in separate incidents. In March, a 15-year-old was fatally shot. In June 2016, another 15-year-old was shot.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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