SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Charges are not being filed against two men arrested in connection with a shooting last Friday in which a stray bullet went into a San Francisco apartment and struck an 11-year-old girl, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Lazarus Thomas, 19, of Daly City, and Shadon Mitchell, 20, of San Francisco, were arrested following the shooting, which occurred around 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of Laguna Street in the city’s Western Addition neighborhood, police said.

The girl who was hit by the bullet was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains at the hospital, but her injuries are no longer considered life threatening, police Officer Albie Esparza said Wednesday.

Thomas and Mitchell were arrested after a shooting that police believe was gang-related and stemmed from an argument between a group of men outside the apartment where the girl was hit.

But on Wednesday, district attorney’s spokeswoman Erica Terry Derryck said charges are not being filed against the pair because of a lack of sufficient evidence.

Derryck said there is still an active investigation into the shooting.


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