Bullet grazes 11-year-old girl's head

September 7, 2009 5:22:32 AM PDT
An 11-year old girl was wounded by a bullet on Chicago's far South Side, and police are searching for the shooter.Sharon Taylor was grazed in the head at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of West 112th Street in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. Her mother says the shooting was the result of a party where kids were getting out of hand.

Taylor showed ABC7 Chicago the part of her head where she was grazed by the bullet. The 11-year-old was outside near her South Side home when the incident happened. Her mother had thrown a birthday party for Sharon's 14-year-old sister.

Yolanda Reese says the party became unruly after one of the guests broke her front window. That's when Reese says she went inside her home to call police.

"As I was calling police, that is when the shooting started. I was on the phone with them already," she said.

By the time police arrived, Sharon Taylor had already been hit from behind.

"I heard gun bullets. So, I was running up the stairs. Then, I felt something stinging in my head. I touched my head, and I was bleeding. So, I ran to my mama. I had been shot," the 11-yearo-old told ABC7 Chicago.

Taylor says the party was full of 14-year-old kids. She says gun fire erupted after some kids became angry while getting pushed as they were dancing.

"They were angry because one of the kids got hit by another person, and he got knocked out. So, they got mad and started shooting, and one of them backfired on me," said Taylor.

While her head wound was stinging a bit Sunday, Sharon said she was looking foward to returning to Fernwood Elementary school Tuesday, where she says she is a straight -A student.

In the meantime, Taylor's mother hopes teenager's learn a few lessons of their own from the Saturday night incident.

"Guns are not the answer. Once we realize that, the community could be better," Reese said.

Police have not made any arrests, but witnesses believe the shooter is a 14-year-old gang member.

Yolanda Reese admits she was hesitant about hosting the party in the first place and now realizes she should have followed her instincts. She is urging the shooter to turn himself in.


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