SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- A young child was shot in South Sacramento Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. in what the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department believes may have been a drive-by shooting.
The 3-year-old, who was later identified only as Azalya, was hit by gunfire on Della Circle near Power Inn Road.
According to the sheriff's department, Azalya has been hospitalized and is in critical condition and unresponsive.
Authorities believe Azalya was inside a home when shots were fired from outside near the street.
While Azalya did not appear to be the intended target of the shooting, deputies do not know what the motive behind the shooting was.
Neighbor Patricia McGee said she heard the sound of squealing tires in the area before someone approached her about the shooting.
"She said, 'Did anybody come to your door?'" McGee recalled. "I said, 'No. Well, what happened?' She said, 'A little girl got shot.'"
No arrests have been made and no suspect descriptions have been reported.
Stay with FOX40 for more updates during this developing investigation.