Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, January 23, 2012

3-year old girl wounded while in car, despite being shielded by friend

Adorable Reddish (3) and her brother Definest Reddish (2).
A Syracuse, New York woman, Landice Reddish, and her three children, Definest (age 2), Adorable (age 3) and an unnamed 10-year old boy were driving in a van, along with an adult cousin, Lynere Middlebrooks, and her 3-year old child, and had picked up a family friend, Adrian Jones, 24. Suddenly a hooded man approached the crowded vehicle and opened fire.

Jones shielded the girl, Adorable, and was injured in the neck and chest and is in critical but stable condition.  Adorable was grazed by a bullet.  Definest was injured by flying glass.

From the article:

Adorable was playing at the window where their cousin Lynere Middlebrooks had been sitting when suddenly Jones pulled Adorable down and shielded her. Bullets shattered the window where Adorable had been sitting.
After the bullets rang out, the 10-year-old saw a man in a dark colored, drawstring hoodie standing several feet away in their front yard, and saw “fire,” he told his mother.
A hospital report provided by the family showed the girl had suffered a gunshot wound. Police said it appeared Adorable was injured from shattered glass flying into the van. But the family said the girl was grazed by a bullet, which they described as a sharp burn on Adorable’s right arm. Her mother also said she saw several small holes in the girl’s right coat sleeve.
This isn’t the first time the family has been victimized by violence.
Reddish’s nephew, 20-month-old Rashaad Walker Jr., was fatally shot in November 2010 while sitting in his car seat in a minivan on Coolidge Avenue. Authorities contend the toddler was killed when a reputed member of the Bricktown gang was trying to kill the child’s father in retaliation for an earlier gang-related fatal shooting.
Reddish said she doesn’t believe her nephew’s death is connected to the shooting Sunday.
No motive has yet been determined for the shooting, and the suspect is still at large.

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