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Dayton police asking for help identifying suspect who shot child

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WALL OF JUSTICE: The Dayton Police Department is asking for your help to find a shooting suspect

“We're searching for a male suspect who fired one shot into the passenger side of the car striking a 4-year-old girl in the arm,” Dayton Police Detective Nathan Via said.

The shooting happened on West Riverview Avenue, nearly two weeks ago.

"A family was traveling down the 2700 block of West Riverview Avenue in our city," Via said.

A suspect in a green vehicle pulled up and someone fired a single shot.

"There was a light-skinned African-American male inside, from the driver's side of the vehicle, fired one shot," Via said. "It narrowly missed the first child who was seated next to that door and, in fact, then struck a young 4-year-old child in the right arm, the bullet shattered the bones in her right arm and actually passed through."

The adults in the car don’t recognize the shooter.

"A child is by far the most innocent of victims that we have. I live and also work here in the city of Dayton and my family lives here with me,” Via said. “This is not indicative of who and what we are in the city of Dayton, this person is very dangerous."

Detectives are hoping someone with information comes forward.

"We need to stand together, we need to draw a line and we need to hold people accountable, especially when they injure or try to kill the youngest victims within our society," Via said.

If you have any information on the shooting of a 4-year-old girl, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP (937-222-7867).

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