UPDATE: 10-Year-Old Shot in Drive-By Outside Oxnard Elementary

AP News
January 23, 2020 - 12:09 pm

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl on a playground was shot by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting outside a Southern California elementary school, authorities said Thursday.

Oxnard police said on Twitter the girl was struck Thursday morning during a car-to-car shooting outside McAuliffe Elementary School in the coastal city. The shooting is believed to be an isolated incident.

The girl suffered non-life threatening injuries, and no one else was injured, police said.

"She is in good spirits," Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney said at a news conference.

The Ventura County Star reported that police believe a semiautomatic handgun was used in the shooting, which took place at the back of the school. Authorities recovered shell casings in the street.

The school was on lockdown during the investigation, and all students have been accounted for, authorities said. Police said no arrests have been made, but the newspaper reported that authorities have descriptions of the vehicles.

Oxnard School District officials did not immediately return calls and emails seeking additional details.

McAuliffe enrolls about 700 students from prekindergarten to fifth grade, according to the Ventura County Star.

Oxnard is a city of 200,000 people about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.