The family of a 1-month-old girl who was shot in the head earlier this month say they are moving to Chicago over gun violence in the city.
Teriana Smith was one of seven people injured in a July 1 shooting in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. She was recently discharged after spending 15 days in hospital.
“I’m leaving here today. I have to leave Chicago,” Tereana’s mother, Tesh Shia Banks, told Fox32 Chicago. “I love this city, but I can’t live anymore.”
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Chicago police said the 1-month-old baby suffered a concussion when three male black jeeps pulled out of Cherokee at 8:15 p.m. and began shooting.
No arrests have been made.
Teriana was knocked to the ground in the car seat of her mom’s car. He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition before being transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital.
Fox32 notes that Teriana underwent emergency surgery and that the bullet – which is still in her head – did not puncture her brain. She never stopped breathing.
“I never thought my baby would die, because it was just ‘Mama what happened?’ Like she was looking at me. ” Banks said. “I love these doctors and thank you very much. I thank you so much for saving my baby.”
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The incident took place less than six hours after another incident nine years after he was injured in a shooting near the Grand Crossing and Chatham neighbors’ border, reports said.
According to Fox 32, the two girls are among 212 children under the age of 17 who were shot in Chicago this year.
Banks noted that she was also shot seven years ago, near the area where her daughter was injured.
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“I was sitting in my car, and someone came back to the shooting, and shot me,” Banks added. “It happens everywhere, but Chicago is the worst. It’s the worst.”