Toddler, teen girl hit with stray bullets in Helmond shooting

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New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie). (New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie))

A toddler and a teenager were injured in a Monday afternoon shooting in the Noord-Brabant city of Helmond. The girls, 2 and 15, were struck by stray bullets, police said, and one person was taken into custody.

The toddler was sitting on the back of her mother's bicycle when at least one shooter fired at a car on the Molenstraat at about 3:22 p.m. The little girl was struck in the leg, and the teenager was hit in the arm.

The rear window of the targeted car was shattered, and the occupants of the vehicle took off running. Police said they are searching for those people.

A green Opel Astra was seen rapidly leaving the scene. That car was later found on Wolfstraat, about 800 meters away from the shooting.

"People also fled from this car," police said, adding that they were searching for them.

One suspect was detained in connection with the investigation. Police did not say what led them to the suspect they arrested, and if this person had been inside either of the two vehicles involved in the shooting.

Authorities asked that anyone with information, including still photos or videos of the scene, contact them immediately.

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