City: Charlottesville Girl Shot While Sleeping Has Lost the Use of Her Arm

July 24, 2009

A 14-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet in Charlottesville back in June has lost the use of her arm, according to city officials.

The teenager was injured while sleeping in her bed at the Blue Ridge Apartments on Prospect Avenue. Officials say the victim was a refugee.

The bed she was sleeping in was destroyed, and staff at Better Living Inc. in Charlottesville tell CBS19 that after hearing the girl's story, they donated a new bed for the child, hoping she will be able to sleep through the night again.

At around 4:00 am June 6th, police were called to the 700 block of Prospect Avenue for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, police found that several shots had been fired and that bullets struck at least two apartments and one vehicle.

One of those rounds went through an exterior wall where the 14-year-old victim lived and struck her. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"By the grace of God she's alive, her condition is stable," said Charlottesville Police Chief, Tim Longo. "It's just an unfortunate, very unfortunate, set of circumstances. We have no reason to believe that that round was intended for that poor young lady."

Neighbors were concerned about the shootings, especially because Blue Ridge Commons is full of children.

One woman visiting family in the apartment complex that night said she was shocked to hear that a girl in her home was hurt by these shootings.

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