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Ten-year-old girl struck in head during New Year's celebratory shooting

New Year's Day

A 10-year-old girl is in critical condition on life support after being struck in the head on Tuesday in what Cecil County Police say appears to be from a bullet fired in the air during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Cecil County Sheriff's Office Lt. Michael Holmes said on Wednesday that the girl, a resident of Manheim, Pa., was standing in the yard of a home in the unit block of Ajs Court in Elkton and watching neighbors set off fireworks when she suddenly collapsed.

Holmes said that a call came in from 911 that someone had observed trauma at the top of the girl's head. She was transported to Christiana Hospital in Delaware; Holmes said that as of Wednesday morning she is still listed in critical condition and on life support.

Holmes said that the incident is under investigation and that law enforcement officials have been canvassing neighborhoods. He said that residents firing guns in celebration of the New Year "is unfortunately fairly common" in the area.

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