Family speaks out after 7-year-old shot

May 26, 2009 8:17:49 PM PDT
Police are investigating a shooting that left a 7-year-old girl injured on her foot.

Officers say it happened in the 1100 block of South Hoover Road at the Hoover Road Apartments just before 10 p.m. on Saturday.

"A car pulled up at the end of the gate and they just started shooting," said the victim's mother, who doesn't want her identity revealed. "I was devastated, I almost fainted to come into the house and to see all the blood on the ground, on the floor on the ground."

She says she was near her daughter when the shots were fired, and so were family, friends and other small children.

"We both was right here, she was right in front of me when this happened, there was a whole bunch of kids out here, a whole bunch of adults," she said. "This could have been anybody's child. She is just 7-years-old, an innocent bystander and it could have been fatal."

"I just want everyone in my neighborhood who watches this to take heed to what I'm saying because it could have been theirs too," she added.

Meanwhile the family is hoping to move away from the violence and away from the street the girl is still afraid to play near.

"I went to my housing manager this morning hopefully that I can get away from here," she said. "My daughter is devastated; she doesn't want to be around here no more."

Durham Police still haven't caught the person or people responsible for the shooting. Witnesses say the car involved in the shooting was a small green 4-door compact.

Investigators are now looking for the shooter. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator A. Cristaldi at (919) 560-4281x29123, or Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200.

Back in August, another drive by gunman fired a shot that grazed a Southern High School rising senior's head.


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