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Girl, 9, who asked police to keep her safe, dies after being hit by errant bullet

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 9-year-old girl struck earlier this month by a bullet fired from outside her home a week after asking police to keep her safe has died.

Karen Domagalski, the operations manager for the office, says Za’layia Jenkins was pronounced dead at a children’s hospital at 5 p.m. Monday. An autopsy is pending.

Domagalski says the office will not release any further information in the case.

The girl was shot May 5 as she watched television in her home while police say two groups armed with rifles and pistols were engaged in a “shootout.” A bullet penetrated the home, striking her. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Za’layia asked Capt. Shunta Boston-Smith why she and other officers were walking in the neighborhood the week prior to the shooting, USA Today reported. She asked whether the police could keep her safe.

“Sadly, that question was answered tonight,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said after the girl was shot.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports police are still searching for a green Jeep Cherokee whose driver may have information about the shooting.

 

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