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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

17-year old Arkansas cheerleader struck in neck by stray bullet

Neisha Forest, age 17
17-year old Neisha Forest was in her Fort Smith, Arkansas, home when she heard arguing outside her bedroom window.  She got up to look out the window and was struck in the neck by a stray bullet.  She is currently recovering.

From the article:
“The callers said there was arguing in front of this residence involving three females and at least two males when one of the subjects retrieved a gun from a vehicle and began shooting,” Sgt. Gerald Schaefer stated in an email sent to other Fort Smith police officials.

Forrest was upstairs in a neighboring residence when the shots were fired. Forrest told police that she was in her upstairs bedroom when she heard arguing outside. She said she walked to her bedroom window to see what was happening.
“She said when she stood up she was struck in the neck by something,” Schaefer stated in the email.
The residence where Forrest lives, along with another neighboring residence, were struck at least four times each by gunfire, according to Schaefer.
Outside the residence where the shooting began, police located at least 12 .380-caliber casings and four .25-caliber casings.
The shot that struck Forrest, a cheerleader at Northside High School,  remains lodged in her neck.
Bullets don't know when to stop.

UPDATE (2/19/12):  An update.  She will have surgery to remove the bullet from her neck on Feb. 23.

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