Hempstead girl shot in ankle

January 6, 2009 1:21:19 PM PST
A young girl on Long Island is recovering after being shot in the ankle. Police were searching for the gunman who opened fire near a group of kids near a bodega in Hempstead Monday night.

When the shots were fired, the kids began to run.

"They were coming out of the store, laughing and joking and they said they didn't see anybody?so they didn't know where the gunshots coming from. They just heard gunshots and they started running," victim's sister Shakima Fitzgerald said.

Eleven-year-old Deandra Moss tried to run, but realized she had been shot.

"She was limping and someone from across street just brought her home. The cops came?.and took her to the hospital," the victim's father said.

She could've been running towards the gunshots, instead of from them and it could've been a lot worse than what it was.

Investigators don't believe the kids were the intended targets.

Relatives say people in the area are cooperating with authorities because the streets are no longer safe for innocent children.

"Basically, that's what it is out here, it's the 'Wild, Wild, West'?," one resident said.

Deandra Moss was listed in good condition at a local hospital.

Police are still searching for the shooter.

WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick and Bob Monek

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