UPDATE: Two arrested in stray-bullet shooting of young girl in Western Addition 

Two arrests have been made Saturday in an accidental shooting of an 11-year-old girl, who suffered life-threatening injuries Friday night after being hit in the chest by a stray bullet in Western Addition.

Police Officer Albie Esparza said the suspects are 18- and 19-year-old men who were part of three individuals originally detained Friday night. Esparza declined to give names of the suspects or what charges they were arrested for.

A group of males were involved in a verbal altercation when one drew a gun and fired multiple shots, police said.

Police responded to the 1100 block of Laguna Street around 11:15 p.m. and found the girl inside an apartment building that the bullet penetrated. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon.

The girl’s uncle Eric Holt said the bullet went through her body.

Holt identified the girl only as Linda, who was spending the night with her aunt and uncle. She had come down asking for a snack and returned to her bedroom when several shots rang out, he said.

One bullet went through a living room window, while another went through the bedroom where the girl was.

“She came running out and said, ‘I’ve been shot,’” Holt said.

He sat her down in the hallway where there were no windows and told her to calm down.

Holt said the girl never cried, but asked him if she was going to die. She was bleeding from the back and required surgery at the hospital, he said.

The Gang Task Force is investigating the incident.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call an anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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