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APD: 8-year-old girl still in critical condition after shooting

Albuquerque police investigate the shooting of a child on Kelly NE, near Paseo del Norte and San Pedro, on Sunday evening. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say no arrests have been made and no suspects are being sought as detectives continue to try to figure out what led to an 8-year-old girl being shot and critically injured in a Northeast Albuquerque home Sunday evening.

Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said detectives have scheduled safe house interviews with the girl’s two siblings to try to determine what happened.

“It’s critical to make sure those kids feel safe before they give the interview because they might have been witnesses to a traumatic incident,” Drobik said. “They were there at the house.”

He said those siblings, under the age of 18, are not considered perpetrators of the shooting. They were taken from the house on the 6700 block of Kelly NE, near Paseo del Norte and San Pedro, before police arrived and later found in Southeast Albuquerque.

“That’s why we had the second and the third location to serve warrants on because we found them at another area command,” Drobik said.

The children were placed in the custody of the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department for a 48-hour hold Sunday evening.

Drobik said the parents arrived at the scene as well and told detectives who was responsible for the children at the house at the time.

“We have many people to interview,” Drobik said. “Who was at the house, the parents and the kids to find out exactly what happened. This could go anywhere from an accident to some sort of criminal charges.”