5-year-old shot in Newark on Fourth of July

NEWARK, N.J. — A 5-year-old girl was shot in Newark while walking with her father on the Fourth of July, authorities said, calling the shooting a “cowardly act.”

It was about 11:30 p.m. when the shooting happened. The girl was walking with her father in the 200 block of Avon Avenue when she was struck with a bullet, authorities said.

She was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

"Police are pursuing all leads and anyone with information is encouraged to contact us regarding this cowardly act,” Newark’s public safety director Anthony Ambrose said.

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