Posted on August 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM
DALLAS - Dallas police are investigating why a family of six asleep in their beds would be the target of a drive-by shooting.
The front of the family's home in the 5700 block of Bellcrest Drive was riddled with bullets early just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The shooting happened across the street from J.N. Ervin Elementary School.
Police said a 14-year-old girl was struck by at least one bullet in her stomach as she slept in her bed. She is now listed in serious condition at Baylor Hospital.
Police said several other children and an adult escaped unharmed.
Neighbors, who declined to provide their names, told News 8 they heard several shots fired.
"It sounded like 'pop, pop. pop,'" one neighbor said.
Unconfirmed reports claim the motive may have been an altercation between the 14-year-old victim and her classmates one day prior to the shooting.
One neighbor said she was in shock. She said the victim frequently had young friends visiting, but never witnessed any fighting.
"What kind of beef could lead up to something like this?" the neighbor said. "This is awful."
The victim is expected to recover.