Breakfast raises money for 2 children injured in Gary shootings

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- A pancake breakfast was held Thursday morning to raise money for two children under the age of 10 who were wounded in separate shootings about a mile apart last week in Gary, Indiana.

The families of the wounded children joined the community at the American Legion Post 270 for the hearty breakfast. For a $10 donation, people enjoyed pancakes, cheesy grits, sausage, biscuits and eggs. The money was raised to help the families with their mounting medical bills.

Harmoni Harton, the 8-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet while eating dinner at her grandparents' house in the 2100-block of Chase Avenue, ate some pancakes Thursday morning.

"I feel good," said Harmoni. "I can walk."

A few hours after Hamoni was shot, 9-year-old Devin Marshal was shot while standing the doorway of his home in the 4300-block of West 19th Avenue, police said.

Investigators said the children were not intended targets of the June 20 shootings.

"We have to become more responsible for those types of things that happen in our neighborhoods," said Councilwoman Mary Brown.

Police continue to investigating the shootings. No one was in custody Thursday.

Both children are recovering and are looking forward to having a fun summer.
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