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Louisiana police said a neighbor shot the children while they were playing hide-and-seek outside.

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A Louisiana state congresswoman said a 14-year-old girl was shot in the head while playing hide-and-seek. The neighbor is now facing multiple charges. David V. Doyle, 58, told the Calcash Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, May 7, that he opened fire on a group of children playing on his property and “hit a girl.” After speaking, he was arrested. Authorities said in a press release that deputies were called to Starks’ home that morning for a shooting. They reach out to shoot Kishore in the back of the head.

According to the sheriff’s office, several children were playing in the area and were using neighboring property to hide out. The property owner, identified as Doyle, told the agent he saw a shadow outside the house before going inside and grabbing a gun. Doyle said that when he went back outside, he saw several people running off his property and shots were fired. Agents said he was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, four counts of aggravated assault and one count of illegal discharge of a firearm. According to online records, Doyle remains in jail as of May 8.

The girl, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun violence in the United States kills thousands of people each year from gun-related injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of people die each year from gun-related injuries. “There were 45,222 gun-related deaths in the United States in 2020, or about 124 people die from gun-related injuries every day.” In the same year, according to the CDC, firearm-related injuries were one of the leading causes of death in the United States between the ages of 1 and 44. Authorities say the investigation into the Louisiana shooting is still ongoing. Starks is about 155 miles west of Baton Rouge.

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