A 9-year-old Indianapolis girl was shot in the leg outside her home while she was selling Girl Scout cookies in her neighborhood, police said Tuesday.
WXIN News reported Sinai Miller was taken to nearby Riley Hospital for Children and treated for a gunshot wound to her lower left calf. She was released Tuesday night.
Her mother’s boyfriend, Mark Chandler, said the girl was with her two young sisters at 4:30 p.m. when the shooting occurred on the city’s northeast side.
“They walked outside the door and they didn’t even get to make it across the lot and then the shots start ringing out,” Chandler said.
Police responded to the Retreat Cooperative apartment complex after witnesses on the scene reported seeing an arm sticking out of the window of a blue Ford Expedition and firing a gun indiscriminately. Police believe two or three shots were fired including the one that struck Sinai Miller. Another hit an apartment door.
Police said they are not sure how many people were in the vehicle and they have not found any suspects. Investigators don’t believe the bullet was intended for the child.
“I came downstairs and she was sitting over there and that’s her little boot and the blood,” Chandler told WXIN. “It’s just ridiculous. She’s 9 years old, man. She’s very smart. She don’t know nothing about no gun or no shots or whatever.”
The Indianapolis Star also reported the incident and ran a followup story saying the paper had received numerous calls form readers who wanted to show support for the young girl by purchasing cookies from her.
The paper posted a link on its website where supporters can purchase cookies and have them shipped or donated to “Operation: Cookie Drop” which will then deliver the cookies to active and retired military veterans throughout central Indiana.
Deborah Hearn Smith, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, said she was troubled by the shooting.
"We cannot complete our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place when they are afraid to play in their own neighborhoods," Smith told The Indianapolis Star.