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Girl, 4, shot by stray bullet

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Four-year-old Sarah Headley is resting in a stable but serious condition at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex after being shot in the forehead on Tuesday night while on her way home. Police said the incident happened around 8.15 pm and the child was hit by a bullet aimed at the driver of a car close to the car she was in. Speaking at her home at Upper L’Anse Mitan Road, Carenage, yesterday, the child’s mother Alisha Headley recalled what happened. 



Headley said she was in a taxi heading north up L’Anse Mitan when she saw a red Toyota Corolla heading in the opposite direction. The car she was in stopped to allow the other car to pass. At that moment the gunmen opened fire. “Next thing I know, I hearing this loud noise, and when I look up I saw the front glass by the driver’s side had been blown out. “So I push my daughter to the ground and me and the driver tried to lower ourselves as low as possible in the car because we knew it was gunshots.


“Whole time I was hearing Sarah crying so I start to tell her ‘hush your mouth.’ “When she was crying I could see the gunman standing outside the car and I didn’t want to give anyone a reason to shoot but she just kept crying so I put my hand over her mouth so she would be quiet. “Then I feel something wet but I didn’t take it on at the time. It was only when the gunman moved away and I pulled my hand up, I realised it was blood and when I looked down I see her bleeding.”


The driver of the car managed to escape unharmed while Sarah was hit by a stray bullet. The shooting, police said, was the result of old gang rivalry in the area that had been re-ignited. The child was taken to the St James Medical Complex and then transferred to the EWMSC, Mt Hope, where she had emergency surgery.


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