Search continues for little girl's shooter

April 19, 2010 3:27:09 PM PDT
There's been a major setback Monday in the investigation of the shooting of a 5-year-old girl from Brooklyn. Police initially arrested a man they thought was a suspect, but it turns out he is not.

The young victim in this crime is pleading for the public's help to find the real gunman.

"I said, I didn't want to got outside because I was afraid," said 5-year-old Syniah Herndon.

Syniah Herndon's fear is understandable.

Eight days ago she was shot in the leg as she played tag with friends in her Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

Two other men were wounded as well, but those responsible are still on the loose.

"This has gone too far when you have young children being shot. This is something that we cannot tolerate," exclaimed Congressman Edolphus Towns of Brooklyn.

Monday, Congressman Edolphus Towns joined Syniah and her mother in making a plea for witnesses to come forward.

Investigators believe the so-called code of the street, not to snitch, has kept them from making an arrest.

"what would you do if it was your child? Would you want me to have that same attitude if I knew who did it?" questioned Selema Herndon, Syniah's mother.

Selema Herndon says Syniah will recover from the gunshot, though she uses a walker to get around for now.

What will take longer to heal are the emotional scars.

"I have to go through counseling as a mother and she has to go through counseling as a child that was in the hospital for 5 days because I'm shot," said Selema Herndon.

She's hoping Syniah will one day feel it's safe to go outside again.