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

Friday, November 30, 2012

5-year old Bronx girl struck by stray bullet

Hailey Dominguez, age 5
5-year old Hailey Dominguez was almost to the door of her Bronx, New York home, having just returned from a baby shower with her family, when a group of men began shooting.  One stray bullet hit Hailey in the abdomen, piercing her lung.

Hailey is in a medically-induced coma in the hospital, but is expected to pull through.

The shooter has not been captured.

From an article:

Hailey Dominguez was shot just outside her family's apartment around 1 a.m., according to police.  
The bullet pierced her lung. 
'It passed through her stomach - thank God it missed her spine,' Edwin Roman, 23, told the New York Daily News. 
Roman is the boyfriend of Hailey's mother, Gloria Miranda. 
Hailey, her mother, and brother, had just gotten out of a cab when the shots went off.
An unidentified family member told reporters that Hailey was almost to the door of the family's fifth-floor walk-up when a group of men appeared around the corner with guns drawn. 
'We were crying, not her,' said her sister, Keyla, 15. 'She’s a very brave person.' 
She had been dancing at the family friend's baby shower and was still wearing her party dress.  
'She likes to dance,' Roman said. 'She's a little ballerina.' 
'I heard two shots and I stayed inside, I didn't see who did the shooting,' neighbor Jose Gonzalez said. 
Neighbor Carmen Rosario told the New York Post she called 911 when she heard the shots. 
When she opened her door she saw the little girl clutching herself.  
'She wasn't crying,' she said. 'I sat next to her for a few minutes and right away the officers came. The officers opened her coat and they saw blood and they took off.' 
She was immediately rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, then transferred to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in Washington Heights where her condition is listed as stable. 
She is still fighting a fever, and has been placed in a medically-induced coma. 
'I don't know why this happened,' said her father, Jonathan Dominguez. 'She's going to be okay, thank God.' 
Hailey's family was not the intended target.  
Police are investigating but no arrests have been made. 

Bullets don't know when to stop.

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