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Family Identifies 6-Year-Old Girl Wounded by Stray Bullet in Mobile

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UPDATE: Franklin's mother says Kalaughan was released from the hospital and is now back at home. She is recovering but still in a lot of pain. She has a follow-up visit with her doctor next Monday.

UPDATE: Family members tell News 5 the wounded child is 6-year-old Kalaughan Franklin.


UPDATE: Eric Blackledge Jr. has been arrested in the shooting. MPD will release new information at 2:15 and will be escorting the suspect to jail. Watch LIVE at 2:15 on the WKRG Facebook Page. 

MPD will hold a PERP walk at 2:15 p.m. in the back of police headquarters in reference to the shooting last night.

UPDATE: Release from Mobile Police:

On Monday, October 16, 2017 at approximately 8:45 p.m. police responded to the 900 block of South Scott Street in reference to one shot. Upon arrival, officers found the 6-year-old female victim with a gunshot to her arm. Mobile Fire-Rescue transported the victim to the hospital for treatment. Witnesses stated two males were in an argument and one began firing shots at the other. Several bullets entered the residence. One of the bullets struck the victim while she was in the living room of the residence.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) -- Mobile Police responded to a home where a child was shot on South Scott Street late Monday evening.

According to witnesses at the scene, a bullet entered into a home where the young girl, possibly 5 to 7 years old, was shot in the arm. Neighbors say there was some sort of altercation in the street in which shots were fired. That's when the stray bullet entered a home full of children.

"The other children say she was sitting in the house on a couch and the bullet came through the window and hit her in the shoulder and came out," said Chandlar Bell.

The homeowner said the child did not live at her home, but was just visiting.

A neighbor talked with the News 5 crews on the scene saying she was the first person to respond when she heard shots and ran over to find the young girl bleeding.

"I knew that all them children had just gone down to that house and I heard a shooting on the porch screaming 'she's shot, she's shot'," said Talayshia Elias. "So I just took off running and I ran down there and when I got there the little girl was laying in the floor with a bullet hole in her arm."

Mobile Police have not confirmed any details to News 5, but our crews are working to gather more information.


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