Girl struck by shotgun pellets in attempted robbery

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ATLANTA - Detectives are investigating a shooting that sent a 10-year-old girl to a hospital.

The shooting happened at a southwest Atlanta duplex on Amal Drive on Tuesday around 10 p.m.

Police said four men were waiting to rob a family as they walked back inside a home.

Police said the father of the girl might have seen the robbers and shut the door, stopping them from getting inside. But the robbers opened fire.

"I heard a really loud sound and it sounded like a gunshot, because a gunshot doesn't sound like anything else," neighbor Fatimna Mosley told Channel 2's Ryan Young.

Fragments from the shotgun penetrated the doorway and subsequently struck the girl, who was on the living room couch. Police said two other children in the home and their mother were not injured.

Police said the shooter was covering his face and they do not have a description of him.

The girls’ family is hiding in a safe place until officers catch the gunman. Police said a Toyota Camry might have left the scene near the time of the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

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