Monett police are seeking information in an apparent shooting on Thursday, Sept. 27 that injured a Monett girl.
According to Police Lieutenant Greg Brandsma, officers received a 911 call around 7 p.m. on Thursday that a girl around age 11 had been struck by some kind of projectile in the 100 block of Third Street.
Officers arriving on the scene found the girl was bleeding from inside of her ear. Damage to the glass on the adjacent building suggested that she may have been hit by a pellet from a pellet gun.
The girl did not required transport for treatment by an ambulance. Brandsma said her injuries were not life threatening.
The girl's father was at the scene and provided an account of what happened. Officers sought a light blue van that left the area. A vehicle of similar description was later stopped in Pierce City, but it was determined the parties were not involved.
"We don't have any information from the victim to say there is someone that she suspects of being angry with her or having a problem with her," Brandsma said. "We have no information that tells us that this girl had any reason for anyone to drive by and hurt her. If this was a random event, we don't know."
Officers believe it was unlikely that the driver of the van fired the gun. The number of occupants in the vehicle are unknown.
"We would like to identify the owner of the vehicle, who was in the van and what their intent was," Brandsma said.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call police at 235-4241 or the anonymous tips hotline at 354-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-888-635-8477.