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

Sunday, July 15, 2012

11-year old girl shot in face and neck by stray bullet while in home

11-year old Makalah Jones was in her home in Rome, New York, while her mother, April Donaldson, and April's boyfriend were outside on the porch.

A car drove by, slowed down, and then shot at least four times.  One of those bullets entered the home, going through a window, couch, and refrigerator before striking Makalah in the face, neck, and wrist.

Makalah has now been released from the hospital.  The shooter has not been caught.

From an article:
Eleven-year-old Makalah Jones was in the kitchen of her Rome residence Friday night when a bullet struck her cheek, exiting through her neck.
Makalah’s mother, April Donaldson, said she and her boyfriend were sitting out front when a car drove by, slowed and fired off shots, one of which went through the front window, crossed the living room and hit a refrigerator before finally striking her daughter.
Makalah was released from a Utica hospital Saturday after being treated for face, neck and arm injuries. But Donaldson said the incident left her kids shaken and her thinking of moving from the 602 Park Drive home that she’s lived in for six years.
“She thinks that it’s something she did wrong,” Donaldson said of her daughter. “You know, she’s 11-years-old. She just doesn’t understand.”
Neither does Donaldson. And as of Saturday night, city police had not released any information on what might have motivated the attack.
According to another article, the gun used was a 12-gauge shotgun.

A related news article and video, which interviews the girl's mother.  The mother doesn't know why they seem to have been targeted for the drive-by.

Bullets don't know when to stop.

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