Girl shot in East NY released from hospital

March 4, 2009 9:18:25 PM PST
There is a heavy police presence in the neighborhood that saw four young women shot within 12 hours last week.

Police are patrolling the streets and they are using the skywatch tower. All this, hopefully making an 11-year-old shooting victim feel a little safer on her first day home from the hospital.

Samantha Edgar was reunited with her sisters at home on Wednesday.

The fifth grader was shot in the chest last week while she was watching TV in her family's apartment.

"I want to say thank you for caring about me and supporting me," she said.

Samantha's five siblings were all home at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured. Their mother says they need help too, mental help, after they were forced to run for their lives when the shooter stormed into the family's East New York apartment last Wednesday looking for someone who wasn't home.

"They saw the whole thing and they are going to need counseling," Tammica Samuels said.

Tammica Samuels got a big hug from her daughter's friends at a local community center. She says her family, including her injured daughter, are scared and have avoided their apartment for fear that the gunman will return.

After two young women were murdered and two others shot within a 12-hour span in this community, the families of the victims have joined forces to speak out against violence.

Samantha's family is just glad she's alive and recovering, and they hope she'll be back in school soon.

"She's doing good. She's a strong little girl," Samuels said.


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