Gary teen shot by stray bullet while sleeping

September 13, 2011 3:55:10 PM PDT
A 17-year-old girl underwent surgery Tuesday after she was struck by a stray bullet that pierced her bedroom wall.

Police say a bullet came through the wall and struck Britney Gaskin near her right ankle. The high school junior was rushed to a local hospital where she is recovering from the gunshot wound and broken bone.

"My daughter run out of the room hollering my name and she fell down on the floor and said, 'Daddy I think I'm hit,' " said her father, Robert Gaskin.

Police were called to the home on 17th Avenue around 3 a.m. by a resident who woke to the sound of gunshots. The Gaskin home and their Jeep was hit several times by bullets. Gaskin said there have been shootings periodically in the neighborhood in the four years they lived there but the family has never been this close to danger.

Police say violent crime in the area is down but plan to step up patrols in the area in hopes of tracking down the shooter.

"We have to change this mindset where we think we can just go around firing off weapons and have no consequences," said Gary police Lt. Samuel Roberts.

Gaskin said his daughter is "traumatized (and) scared" but hopes to bring his daughter home so she can recover and return to class.

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