Girl, 3, shot on way home from trick-or-treating

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Posted: Nov 01, 2010 4:20 PM
Girl, 3, shot on way home from trick-or-treating

A 3-year-old girl and her grandfather were wounded when they were caught in the crossfire of a shooting while returning home from a night of trick-or-treating, police said Monday.

The child was initially reported to hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after Sunday night's shooting in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, but her condition improved by Monday afternoon, Officer Albie Esparza said.

"She is expected to survive," he said.

Investigators believe the girl and her grandfather were the unintended victims of a gang-related shooting that left a 20-year-old man injured with multiple gunshot wounds, Esparza said.

"Unfortunately, they just happened to be there," he said.

The grandfather suffered a single gunshot wound as he tried to shield the girl with his body, but she was struck several times, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

The girl's mother rushed to the scene and drove them to a hospital. An ambulance took the 20-year-old man to the hospital. Police initially reported that he suffered life-threatening injuries, but Esparza said he was also expected to survive.

Witnesses described the shooter as a 17- to 25-year-old in a dark hoodie, Esparza said.