11-Year-Old Was Shot at Gas Station, and Mom Says 'I Need a Miracle' as Girl Clings to Life
An 11-year-old Chicago girl is fighting for her life after being shot in the face as an innocent bystander in a crossfire, while authorities are searching for suspects in the shooting.
Ny-Andra Dyer was sitting with her family in their car at a BP gas station on Monday when three men she did not know started shooting at each other in the parking lot. Ny-Andra was struck in the face by a stray bullet.
According to police reports obtained by CBS Chicago, a 19-year-old man was leaving the gas station when he was ambushed by two other men. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot the 19-year-old three times: twice in the pelvis and once in the knee.
The 19-year-old pulled out an assault-style rifle and returned fire, police say. Then he got into his car and sped home, where he called for an ambulance. He has not been publicly identified.
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Crime scene technicians recovered a handgun and 16 shell casings at the scene.
One of those bullets hit Ny-Andra, a sixth-grader who loves to draw and dance. She was rushed to the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital with swelling in her brain. Before she was shot, Ny-Andra was on her way home to finish her homework.
While police search for the suspects, Ny-Andra's family is hoping that she will recover from her serious injuries.
"All I'm looking for is a miracle," the girl's mother, who was not named, told CBS2. "I just need a miracle from God."
A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the shooters' arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact a 24-hour National Call Center number: 1-800-883-5587 (1-800-U-TELL-US).
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