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BULLET FIRED INTO HOUSE KILLS GIRL, 7, ON COUCH

A drive-by gunman fired into a house, killing a 7-year-old girl who was sitting on a couch, police said.

A 38-year-old man was arrested after the shooting Monday on the city's east side.

Family members identified the victim as second-grader Deva White. "She never had a chance to enjoy life or spread the love that I know she was going to spread to everyone," said her uncle, Immanuel Daniels.

The shooting grew out of a dispute between two families, police said. The girl was shot in the chest and officers took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Detroit police spokesman James Tate said Tuesday.

The girl's grandmother was home at the time; her mother was gone but returned home later.

Police say the suspect told a friend that he had carried out a drive-by shooting and the friend called police, leading to the arrest.

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