12-Year-Old Girl Shot After Mom Gets Into Argument With Other Driver in Hotel Parking Lot

A young girl was injured after being shot in her stomach on Friday in what police initially reported as a road rage incident at a hotel in northwest Dallas.

A Dallas Police Department spokesperson told Newsweek on Saturday that officers found the 12-year-old girl on the ground with a single gunshot wound to her abdomen. The victim, whose name has not been revealed, was transferred to a nearby hospital where her condition became stable.

No details were reported on the severity of her injuries, and no arrests have been made.

The shooting happened late Friday night when the mother, who was with her two daughters, got involved in an argument with another driver in a Dodge Challenger near a hotel as both parties sat in their vehicles, according to the police.

The mother told the police that the other driver pulled forward through the parking lot at the hotel, stopped and then stepped out with a handgun.

A male passenger in the Challenger attempted to pull the woman back into the car away from the mother, but the child was shot shortly afterward, according to police.

"[The] witness [the mother] and her two daughters were entering the hotel when the suspect shot one round that struck the juvenile victim," the police spokesperson said. "The suspect then fled the location and left her passenger at the location."

The police are currently investigating the scene, according to the spokesperson.

A number of incidents where guns went off have been reported over the past few weeks across the nation. Last week, a 911 dispatcher accidentally fatally shot his colleague at a Kentucky dispatch center. Both dispatchers were trading firearms when one of the guns went off and hit 23-year-old Kyle Garett.

Another accidental gun shooting happened in Georgia where a 3-year-old fatally shot his 5-year-old cousin, using a handgun that belonged to his father.

Road Rage Incident Sees 12-Year-Old Girl Shot
A 12-year-old girl was in stable condition after she was transferred to a hospital after being shot during a road rage altercation, according to police. The alleged shooter fled the scene after the shooting. ISTOCK/GETTY/MATTGUSH

A non-accidental shooting incident also happened in Georgia where a 12-year-old is being charged with murder after fatally shooting an 11-year-old on Thursday. The young boy has also been charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm under 18, and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Additionally, during Thanksgiving weekend, a teen accidentally shot and killed a 5-year-old relative in Minnesota. The police said that the teenager was "attempting to make a social media video" and that he was "handling a gun" at the time of the incident.

Meanwhile, a father in Texas accidentally killed his daughter in a shooting where he used a high-power rifle during their hunting trip. The gunshot caused life-threatening injuries to the man's daughter who couldn't be saved at the medical center that she was transferred to after the incident.

Updated 12/11/2021, 2:08 p.m. ET: The story has been updated with comments from the Dallas Police Department, and the headline was changed to reflect this was not a road rage incident.