Family shaken, considering moving after daughter is shot while she sleeps

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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 3:32 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS - A Central City girl is recovering after being grazed by a stray bullet on Wednesday night inside her home.

Eyewitness news spoke with the 7-year-old victim and her family the day after.

"My sister was laying in the bed seconds before the bullet came through," said Olber Rodriguez.

Yoleabeth Carranza is petrified and says in Spanish: "This isn't good for us, we're here and in one way or another running into danger."

The sound of gunshots made her jump last night, the warning likely saving her life. Two bullets pierced through the walls barely missing Rodriguez's sister. The other grazed his 7-year-old daughter who was fast asleep in the next room.

"I heard my daughter got hurt. She was crying, she was screaming," said Rodriguez.

The young girl,  who we've chosen not to identify, missed school on Thursday to nurse the burn on her side and the trauma of the shooting. The violent act has left this household and many in the neighborhood on edge.

"They were just outside when all of a sudden you heard the gunfire and we have a protocol. Everybody ducked, ran into the center and we were on lock down," said Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick with People's United Methodist Church which runs a youth center across the street. Fitzpatrick says when shots rang out the center's basketball court was packed full of young kids.

"We're just killing our future. I've been doing this work for almost 25 years and there used to be rules. You wouldn't shoot at a church cookout, you wouldn't shoot at houses where children could be sleeping," said Fitzpatrick.

A harsh reality that is now forcing one family to seriously consider leaving their two-year-old home.

"I'm planning to move out next month. This makes me worried, my babies here, my family," said Rodriguez.

Police say a 33-year-old man was also shot in the chest and is in stable condition.

If you can help detectives solve this case call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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