Stray bullet from argument outside kills 9-year-old girl as she sleeps in her home, cops say

Authorities in New Jersey believe they have arrested three men involved in a shooting that left a young girl dead.

According to Fox News, 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo was sleeping in the Bridgeton home where she died on July 17 when shots rang out.

An investigation found the stray bullet that struck Trejo came from outside of the home. A group of individuals were reportedly involved in an altercation with another group and police believe the shooting was intended to remain between the disputing parties.

As Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. explained, the arrests of 18-year-old Charles Gamble, 20-year-old Leroy Frazier III, and 25-year-old Michael Elliott, will hopefully help bring some closure to the family of the young victim and peace to the rest of the community.

“Nothing will bring Jennifer back, but the fact that those who we believe are responsible are off the street helps reassure the public that these actions will not be tolerated and those responsible held accountable,” he said.

The suspects are expected to face prosecution on criminal counts including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and weapons charges.

Police reports indicate the investigation remains ongoing and may net additional charges against the trio.

According to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact authorities.

[Featured image: Charles Gamble, Leroy Frazier III and Michael Elliott/Bridgeton Police Department via Associated Press]