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Milwaukee man convicted in shooting of 5-year-old

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A jury has convicted a Milwaukee man of first-degree reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl.

The jury on Thursday also found Carl Barrett Jr. guilty of recklessly endangering Laylah's Peterson's grandmother, grandfather and sister who were present during the shooting in November 2014. Laylah was shot in the head as she sat on her grandfather's lap. Police say the shooters targeted the wrong house.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that prosecutor Sara Beth Hill says she hopes the verdict sends a message to people to think before taking action with a gun. She says Barrett was angry but the shooting might not have happened if he had paused to reflect.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Christopher Hartley challenged the credibility of key state witnesses.

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