9-year-old girl hit by stray bullet in north Columbus

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Columbus Police are working to find the gunman responsible for shooting a little girl.

According to police, the 9-year-old was sleeping on the living room floor along with several other children at a Republic Avenue home just before 1 a.m. Tuesday when gunshots were fired from behind the home.

Maurice Cannon said family members heard a loud bang and thought it was fireworks. Then someone noticed 9-year-old Maniya Cannon shaking on the floor.

"She sat up all of a sudden and when she sat up they noticed her face was bleeding," Cannon said.

Columbus Police believe a bullet that sailed through a window, ricocheted through the house and struck the sleeping child just beneath her eye.

Family members said they found the bullet lying on the floor.

"It was laying right beside her as she was asleep. It's like the bullet lost its oomph or something," Cannon said.

Cannon said he believes someone deliberately targeted the house because another bullet came through the back door. Cannon said police told him they recovered two different types of bullets from the house.

Maniya was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital with minor injuries. No one else in the home was injured.

"Just like I told my baby last night, the good Lord works in ways to let you know that you're blessed. My baby got wings. She's blessed,” Cannon said.

Columbus assault detectives are investigating the shooting as a felonious assault.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Columbus Police Assault Unit at 164-545-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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