Oakland girl, 6, injured by New Year’s gunfire

A 6-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet during a New Year’s Eve gathering in Oakland, a victim of what appears to have been celebratory gunfire, police said Tuesday.

Local hospital staff reported the shooting at about 2 a.m.

The child was playing in the back yard of her home on the 9600 block of Thermal Street during a New Year’s Eve family party when she suffered a single gunshot wound, according to police.

ShotSpotter technology reported multiple shots fired within the vicinity and at the approximate time of the shooting, said Johnna Watson, a police spokeswoman.

Police were dispatched to the area at the time and investigators will be returning to the locations where the shots were fired, but finding the shooter won’t be an easy task, she said.

Depending on the type of weapon, a gunshot could travel close to a mile, Watson said.

“It’s very difficult because we had multiple gunshots at this time,” she said, adding if a suspect is found, conviction of the offense would mean prison time. “This is a very serious crime that occurred. This is a very serious injury.”

The girl reportedly collapsed at the house and a family member drove her to a local hospital. The child was then transported the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is currently listed in stable condition.

She is expected to recover, Watson said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Felony Assault Unit at (510) 238-3426.

Jill Tucker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jtucker@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @jilltucker

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