6-year-old girl shot in the head by a stray New Year's Eve bullet: Police

PHOTO: Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick visits a 6 year-old girl struck by celebratory gun fire during New Yearâ??s Eve celebrations at UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019.PlayOakland Police Department
WATCH Girl, 6, shot in head by 'celebratory gunfire' at party

A 6-year-old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after she was struck by a stranger’s stray bullet as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, according to authorities.

Police in Oakland, California, told ABC News that the child was playing in the back yard of her home during a family New Year party when she was shot.

PHOTO: Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick visits a 6 year-old girl struck by celebratory gun fire during New Year’s Eve celebrations at UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019. Oakland Police Department
Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick visits a 6 year-old girl struck by celebratory gun fire during New Year’s Eve celebrations at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019.

Neighbors told ABC Bay Area affiliate KGO-TV that children at the party were counting down to the New Year when suddenly they heard gun shots, and the 6-year-old girl fell to the ground crying and bleeding from her head. Her parents were unaware she had been shot until they got to the hospital, according to KGO.

PHOTO: Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick visits a 6 year-old girl struck by celebratory gun fire during New Year’s Eve celebrations at UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019.
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Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick visits a 6 year-old girl struck by celebratory gun fire during New Year’s Eve celebrations at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019.

Due to the injury to the child and evidence observed at the scene, Oakland police told ABC News they believed the child was struck by celebratory gun fire.

During a press conference on Jan. 1, police officer Johnna Watson said that the wound is "consistent with something that may come from...an angle of something falling."

A stray bullet also hit a car parked outside the party, according to police.

Watson told ABC News that Oakland police will not be releasing the girl's name, but she remains in stable condition.

PHOTO: UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019. Jobina Fortson/KGO
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2019.

The bullet remains in the girl’s head, according KGO.

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick visited the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to check up on the young girl.

“An innocent child was affected and harmed by this,” said Kirkpatrick at press conference on Jan. 1. “Put the guns down, do not come to Oakland with your guns.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing and police are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.