10-year-old injured in early-morning shooting in Effingham County

!0-year-old girl shot in Effingham County

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A 10-year-old girl is recovering after being shot Friday morning in Effingham County.

Officials with the school system say she seems to be doing well.

The shooting happened just after 4 a.m. on Burnt Tree Drive in Guyton. The girl was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Detectives believe she knows the suspects/

We spoke to neighbors Friday afternoon who tell us the neighborhood is usually very quiet with children playing in the afternoons, but this particular morning was a very different scene.

“My husband came in around 4:15, between 4:15 and 4:30, and woke me up and he said, 'Do you hear the gun shots? I said, 'No what gun shot," said neighbor, Bobbi McCoy.

Bobbi McCoy and her husband have lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years. She says nothing like this has ever happened.

“He said there was rapid gunshot. It went ‘pow, pow,pow.’ It stopped for a minute, and then it went ‘pow, pow’ a couple times more," she said.

A few minutes later, McCoy says police cars filled their small neighborhood. We spoke with people at the home where neighbors tell us it happened, but they did not want to comment. McCoy says the 10-year-old girl does not ride her school bus, but she knows of her.

“It breaks my heart. Kids are my life. I drive a school bus. Whenever a child comes on my bus, they become my kid, and a lot of the kids in this neighborhood, I drove until they changed the school district," she said. “It just scares me, and one of my neighbors told me it’s their daughter’s best friend that lives over there. I’m like, this is scary. You know, knowing this can happen in our little quiet suburb, country living neighborhood. It never happens.”

Investigators say this was not a random act of violence.

If you know anything about this incident, please contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office at 912-754-3449 or text a tip to 847411.

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