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Neighbours allege U.S. man shot 6-year-old after basketball rolled into his yard

A man in Gaston County, North Carolina, reportedly shot and injured a six-year-old girl and her parents when children went to look for a basketball that had come onto his land. Neighbours said the suspect had yelled at the children in the past, and the shooting happened after he returned from inside his home with a weapon. The man, aged 24, fled, and police are now searching for him on multiple charges, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The girl, Kinsley White, was grazed on the cheek, and her father was seriously wounded in the back, requiring hospitalisation for liver damage. Her mother was also grazed.

This incident is the latest in a series of shootings in the US that appear to have been caused by trivial reasons, including the recent injuring of a Black teenager in Missouri when he mistakenly went to the wrong house and the killing of a woman in New York who went to the wrong address. Just last week, two Texas cheerleaders were shot when one got into a car she believed was hers, but it was not. These events have prompted fresh calls for gun law reform in the US.

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