A 20-year-old woman is in critical condition, and two others — including a 9-year-old girl — were wounded in a shooting in Southeast Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, police said.

The 20-year-old woman was hit in the torso and is in surgery, police said, while the girl was struck in the ankle.

A third victim, a 28-year-old man, was shot in the leg. His injury is considered non-life-threatening, police said.

The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. near the 3100 block of McElderry Street, a police spokesperson said.

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Denise Carias, 18, was sitting on the steps in front of her house while her two cousins were playing when she heard many gunshots, she said.

They ran inside and realized the 9-year-old girl had been shot and was bleeding a lot from her ankle, she said. A neighbor called an ambulance.

“I was so scared,” Carias said in Spanish.

Carias’ aunt, who was inside, was “pleading to God” the girl would be OK, she said.

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After her cousin was taken away by ambulance, Carias said she was “feeling bad and crying.”

“I was worried, but I called my Mom and she said she is better now, and in the hospital,” the teen said.

Julie Gaylord, who was sitting on a porch one street down from where the shooting occurred, said she heard around six shots fired.

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This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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