By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 5-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital after being shot in west Baltimore Monday evening.

Police say they received a call for a walk-in shooting victim at Shock Trauma just after 6:20 p.m.

Responding officers found the victim was a 5-year-old girl, and had been shot in the groin.

A witness at the hospital described the chaos as the child, who was covered in blood, emerged from the vehicle.

“Everybody was just shocked just to see a little girl coming out the car with basically blood all over the place. She was throwing up also,” the witness said.

As of 9 p.m., police say the girl is out of surgery and is expected to survive.

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Our cameras captured Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh as she visited the little girl.

Investigators say the shooting happened in the 1000 block McKean Ave.

Nearby residents heard gunshots, and when someone looked outside, they saw the 5-year-old victim had been shot.

The person who saw her picked her up and drove her to Shock Trauma.

Investigators believe the victim was caught in the middle of a shootout between suspects in a vehicle and suspects on foot.

Neighbors told WJZ the area had been a hot zone for crime throughout the day.

No further details have been released at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (410) 396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

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Ava-joye Burnett

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