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Man taken into custody after girl, 8, is shot in the head in Brooklyn: police

Posted at 6:51 AM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 06:51:55-05

Update: Police say the man was wrongfully arrested, six men are sought after. For updates, click here.

CANARSIE, Brooklyn — A man was taken into custody after an 8-year-old girl was shot in the head in Brooklyn, police said Tuesday.

The girl was injured on Flatlands Avenue near East 83rd Street. (Shirley Chan/PIX11 News)

The child was on Flatlands Avenue near East 83rd Street when she was shot around 5:45 p.m. Monday, officials said.

A 27-year-old Brooklyn man was later taken into custody, police said Tuesday. He faced charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

A witness spotted the man at a local hospital and notified officials, police said.

Police initially said they were searching for two men, but on Tuesday said they were looking for six men. They are all in their late teens or early 20s.

The girl was in a van stopped at a red light with several other children when shots were fired by a group of men fighting near a Popeyes, according to officials.

The 8-year-old was sitting behind the driver's seat when she was shot in the back of the head, police said.

She was conscious, alert and talking when she was rushed to a local hospital in serious but stable condition.