Jobina Fortson/KGO(OAKLAND, Calif.) — A 6-year-old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after she was struck by a stranger’s stray bullet as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, according to authorities.Police in Oakland, California, told ABC News that the child was playing in the back yard of her home during a family New Year party when she was shot.Neighbors told ABC Bay Area affiliate KGO-TV that children at the party were counting down to the New Year when suddenly they heard gun shots, and the 6-year-old girl fell to the ground crying and bleeding from her head. Her parents were unaware she had been shot until they got to the hospital, according to KGO-TV.Due to the injury to the child and evidence observed at the scene, Oakland police told ABC News they believed the child was struck by celebratory gun fire.During a press conference on Jan. 1, police officer Johnna Watson said that the wound is “consistent with something that may come from…an angle of something falling.”A stray bullet also hit a car parked outside the party, according to police.Watson told ABC News that Oakland police will not be releasing the girl’s name, but she remains in stable condition.The bullet remains in the girl’s head, according KGO-TV.Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick visited the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to check up on the young girl.“An innocent child was affected and harmed by this,” said Kirkpatrick at press conference on Jan. 1. “Put the guns down, do not come to Oakland with your guns.”An investigation into the incident is ongoing and police are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
AS a follow-up to the visit and commitment made by His Excellency, President Irfaan Ali, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr MP, yesterday visited the community of Tiger Bay in Georgetown.Minister Ramson Jr was accompanied by National Security Adviser, Gerald Gouveia; president of Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde; president of Guyana Basketball Federation, Michael Singh; president of Georgetown Basketball Association, Jermaine Slater, and members of the private sector.During the visit, the team distributed footballs, basketballs, other sport gear and masks to aid in containing the spread of COVID-19 within the community.In addition, the Minister discussed with the community the possibility of clearing an area for sport to be played. The team also used the opportunity to engage with the community and listen to some of the major issues affecting them. (MCY&S)