4-year-old hit by bullet to be released from hospital

July 15, 2013 

COURTESY OF CPD

The 4-year-old girl who was hit by an errant bullet July 8 during a gang shootout is set to be released from the hospital Tuesday, her mother told Columbia Police.

The girl was watching TV in her apartment at The Colony complex off West Beltline Boulevard when she was hit by a bullet fired during a gunfight near the home. She was hit in the upper body, and was sent to the hospital in critical condition, but should be going home today, a little more than a week after she was admitted.

Meanwhile, the investigation into who was responsible for shooting the girl continues. Two groups, one on foot and another in a late-model gray Dodge Charger, were spotted on surveillance footage that night firing shots at one another.

Officer have already arrested one man, 21-year-old Michael Gantt, and charged him with attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Gantt, a suspected gang member, was identified after a man matching his description was spotted on footage from the shootout.

On Monday, investigators also found the Dodge Charger in Charlotte, NC. The vehicle was processed for evidence.

Officers are still attempting to identify additional suspects in the shootout. If you know anything about the shootings, contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.sccrimestoppers.com. .

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