Authorities now say the child shot outside the Irvington Pathmark tonight had been shopping with her mother when the woman got into an argument with an employee inside the store.
Someone involved in the dispute called for reinforcements, the argument spilled outside the Lyons Avenue store and four shots were fired, Irvington Police Director Joseph Santiago said.
The 11-year-old was shot in the hand and another person was shot in the elbow, Santiago said. That person is not believed to be the child’s mother or a Pathmark employee. Police discovered that second person a short distance from the supermarket.
Both victims were taken to University Hospital in Newark following the 9 p.m. shooting with non-life threatening injuries, he said.
The Pathmark, which still had customers inside, was locked down by police for a short time after the shooting. Those customers were later allowed to leave and the store was closed for the night.
No arrests have been made.
Star-Ledger staff writer Alexi Friedman contributed to this report.
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