Young Girl Shot Twice in Drive-by Shooting

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Police say a 10-year-old girl was shot inside her home during a drive-by shooting in Natomas.

"I heard 5 to 7 pops, but it sounded like someone tapping on my blinds," a neighbor named Kim said.

The neighborhood on Alterra Way near Aimwell is typically so quiet, none of the neighbors who spoke to FOX40 recognized the sound of the gunfire Saturday night.

David Rogers said he couldn't imagine those bullets were striking his young neighbor.

"I can't imagine how her father feels. I think that girl is lucky to be alive," Rogers said.

Rogers is a grandfather of 15 children who lives across the street from the home. He said he believed the victim was younger, but does have a 10-year-old sister and another sibling who also live in the home.

"We called her mother and she said she was shot twice I believe. One arm here, and then one in the other I believe. And something ricocheted here, and a fragment hit her in the forehead," Rogers said.

Sunday night, police confirmed Rogers account, that the girl was shot twice in her upper body and survived.

"A bit of a miracle, a bit of luck. When you got things like this happening, there's something wrong with your society. Either you stop it, or it gets worse," Rogers said.

When asked if he believed the shooting was a random act of violence, Rogers said he hoped so.

Sacramento Police told FOX40 the shooting was not a random act of violence. They also said they could not rule out gang activity, and would everything in their power to find the suspect.

"I'm gonna go Monday, bring her a teddy bear. Cheer her up a bit," Rogers said, thinking about the young victim.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Sacramento Police.