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Indiana girl, 2, dies 2 days after being caught in crossfire

Indiana girl, 2, dies 2 days after being caught in crossfire

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A 2-year-old girl died Friday, two days after she was caught in crossfire and shot in the head while sitting in a car with her mother at a northwestern Indiana apartment complex, police said.

Police said the girl's mother, who was not injured in Wednesday night's shooting, did not know the people who traded gunfire in the parking lot at the Kennedy Crossing Apartment Complex in Hammond.

The girl, known as Jo Jo, was airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where she died, police Lt. Steve Kellogg said.

Following the shooting, police searched a wooded area nearby where one suspect had apparently fled. A police helicopter helped in that search while dogs scoured the area, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Chicago, WLS-TV reported.

Hammond detectives used a fire truck to search the roof of an apartment building for evidence, while the FBI assisted police at the shooting scene, where police had marked at least 10 shell casings.

Neighbor Ariel McBounds called the shooting “devastating" and said she feels for the girl's mother.

“I can only imagine what she’s going through and how she’s feeling," McBounds told WLS.

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