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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

4-year old South Carolina girl shot by stray bullet from outside her home

Zahara Walker, age 5
4-year old Zahara Walker was innocently watching TV in her Columbia, South Carolina, when a bullet entered her home and hit her.

The bullet was likely fired by Marcus Gantt, who is caught on video firing multiple shots at a passing vehicle.

Luckily, Zahara survived her wound and is now out of intensive care.

From an article and news video, including video of Gantt firing the shots:
[Zahara's father] says even though he knows the history of violence at the Colony Apartments, he never expected his daughter to be impacted by it.
"She had tubes in her mouth.  Tubes in her nose," Walker said.  "I didn't think it would happen to my daughter. But it's always violent out there."
Walker says he doesn't recognize or know Marcus Gantt, the suspect charged in connection with the case. Police say Gantt fired shots at people inside a silver Dodge Charger. During the exchange of gunfire, a stray bullet hit Zahara inside her home.
"It shouldn't be happening in no neighborhood," Walker said.  "You're guiding the kids the wrong way.  You're teaching them to be thugs.  Teach them to play basketball.  Tell them to pick up a book.  Influence them to do good and not bad."

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