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7-year-old girl injured in drive-by shooting

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NASHVILLE — A Spring Hope man is behind bars after a 7-year-old girl was wounded in a drive-by shooting Thursday evening.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7:30 p.m. call in the 2000 block of Old White Oak Road just outside Nashville.

When officials arrived, they found a 7-year-old who had been shot while sitting in her living room at home, Nash County Sheriff’s Capt. Eddie Moore said in a release.

The girl was struck in the shoulder and upper body area, according to sheriff’s officials. Emergency personnel brought the child to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment. The child’s condition is unknown at this time, officials said.

As Nash County sheriff’s deputies were investigation the incident, they were dispatched to a separate disturbance call between 23-year-old Jhosmin Sandoval and his mother in the 1400 block of Green Road south of Spring Hope — not far from where the drive-by shooting occurred, according to officials.

Authorities said they later determined Sandoval was involved in the drive-by shooting on Old White Oak Road. Officials said the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Sandoval and another individual who lived at the Old White Oak Road home where the drive-by shooting occurred.

Sandoval is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and attempting to destroy or alter evidence. He was booked into the Nash County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.