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4-year-old girl dies, mother in critical condition after shooting in Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh 12/3/2022 Allen Warren
4-year-old kaari thompson was killed following a shooting in pittsburgh's lincoln-lemington-belmar neighborhood thursday. © STK Embrace Life Media 4-year-old kaari thompson was killed following a shooting in pittsburgh's lincoln-lemington-belmar neighborhood thursday.

Pittsburgh police delivered a news briefing Friday evening, with an update on the shooting that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old girl.

They also say her mother was shot and is fighting for her life, after 15 shots were fired outside the Brooklyn Food Mart in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Thursday evening, in the city's Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood.

4-year-old kaari thompson was killed following a shooting in pittsburgh's lincoln-lemington-belmar neighborhood thursday. © WTAE 4-year-old kaari thompson was killed following a shooting in pittsburgh's lincoln-lemington-belmar neighborhood thursday. Sign up for our Newsletters

Following the briefing, Allegheny County released the name of the 4-year-old victim as Kaari Thompson.

Justin Jefferson is an employee in the store and says the mother, who is a regular customer, made a purchase.

After exiting the store, shots were fired.

"You just hear a bunch of shots ringing out, a whole bunch of shots. Everybody in the store runs to the back and the guys behind the counter, drop down to the floor. As soon as they drop down to the floor, you see a man run into the store with a little girl, screaming and begging for help, just screaming, begging and begging, for someone to help him and his daughter," Jefferson said.

Acting police Chief Thomas Stangrecki suggests that someone was targeted, but did not disclose who they're looking for, nor an exact motive.

"This incident occurred because some people decided to settle their differences by using guns and violence. Our detectives and officers are working very hard to identify those individuals responsible for this crime," Stangrecki said.

"The 4-year-old victim was pronounced deceased by medical professionals after arriving to Children's Hospital. The Lincoln-Lemington shooting is now being investigated as a homicide," said a statement from Pittsburgh Public Safety.

Police say they are searching for two suspects who fled in unknown directions.

Police are asking the public to call if they have information about this shooting.

"Anybody that saw or heard anything live or information from another source, we are just asking and pleading for anybody to come forward and share that with us," Zone 5 Cmdr. Stephen Vinansky said.

Thompson's family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for her funeral costs.

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