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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

12-year old Milwaukee girl shot in home from outside

Averiona Hines, age 12
A 12-year old girl, Averiona Hines, was hit by bullet fragments or debris when bullets flew through her wall from outside her home, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

From an article:

A 12-year-old girl was injured about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday after someone fired shots into her home in the 1500 block of N. 39th St., police said. 
The girl was scratched on her back and arms by fragments, but investigators have not determined whether the girl was struck by bullet fragments or material from the home sent flying after bullets hit the residence, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said. 
The injuries are not life-threatening. 
The incident is believed to have stemmed from an earlier argument between a group of girls, police said
UPDATE (6/24/12):  Averiona is home again, but fearful for her life.  From an article:

She was sitting at a table. Her parents were sitting outside on a warm summer night when they first heard gunshots and then the sound of their daughter calling for them. 
The girl was bleeding profusely. She was immediately rushed to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of her non-life-threatening injuries. Police called to the scene learned that several shots had been fired at the duplex where Averiona lived with her parents. 
The girl later told WISN-TV (Channel 12) that she was having a hard time sleeping after the shooting. 
"When I go to sleep, it takes me a long time to go sleep," she said. "I think that somebody is going to come back and shoot and I'm going to get hurt again." 
Milwaukee police have no suspects in custody. 
The girl's mother told reporters it wasn't the first time gunshots have been heard in their Washington Park neighborhood. About a week earlier, three males, ages 17, 18 and 19, were shot in the same area, but police don't think the shootings were connected. 
Residents have long expressed concern about escalating violence and gunfire. After the shock of Averiona's shooting, community leaders held a prayer vigil Friday to draw attention to the situation and demand change.

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