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A 15-year-old girl was shot in her chest Saturday at her home in a shooting believed to be gang-related, Yakima police said.

There was a knock on the girl’s door, and then two shots were fired, one striking her in the chest, said Capt. Jay Seely.

The girl, a documented gang member, was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was treated and released the same night, he said.

The girl’s mother called police about 11 p.m., saying her daughter had been shot, Seely said.

Police responded to the call in the 1500 block of Landon Avenue and found the girl face-down and bleeding in the living room, he said.

Officers immediately provided aid until medics arrived, he said.

Police canvassed the area and obtained video of the shooting and the case is being investigated by the department’s gang unit, Seely said.

“They’re examining that video footage and will be interviewing the subjects involved,” he said.

Later the girl told police she went to her front door to ask who was there after hearing the knock and shots were fired without her opening it, Seely said.

He said he’s concerned about rising violence among female gang members, and this style of shooting is new.

“They’re just as equally violent as males,” he said. “This is a tactic that we’ve never seen before, someone knocking on the door and then a shooting.”

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