An 11-year-old girl from Chicago is fighting for her life after being struck in the face by a stray bullet while sitting in her family’s car on Monday.
Ny-Andra Dyer was on her way home when her family stopped at a gas station in the 100 block of West 127th Street in Chicago.
Police said three men started shooting at one another at the BP gas station, and one of the bullets hit Ny-Andra.
According to her mother, the bullet lodged in the girl’s spinal cord, and it was too close to an artery to be surgically removed.
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Ny-Andra Dyer, 11 (left and right) was sitting in her family’s car at a gas station in Chicago on Monday when three men opened fire, and a stray bullet struck the girl in the face
The shootout took part at this BP station in the 100 block of West 127th Street in Chicago
Ny-Andra, a sixth-grader who loves to draw and dance, was rushed to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital with swelling in her brain, reported CBS Chicago.
‘I’m just asking everybody could you please keep us in your prayers, so my baby could just overcome?’ Ny-Andra’s mother tearfully pleaded on Tuesday. ‘I just need a miracle.’
The woman said doctors warned her that if the swelling in Ny-Andra’s brain does not go down in the next 72 hours, she likely will not survive.
‘They messed her up,’ Ny-Andra’s mother said. ‘She will never be the same.’
Police are looking for the suspects in connection with the shooting. They said Ny-Andra was not the intended target.
Police collected 16 shell casings at the scene after the shooting involving three men, including a 19-year-old armed with an assault-style rifle who was hit in the pelvis and knee
Ny-Andra’s mother (pictured) said her daughter has swelling in her brain and begged people to pray for her child
According to investigators, a 19-year-old man was exiting the gas station convenience store when he was accosted by two other men, one of whom pulled out a gun and shot him three times, including twice in the pelvis and once in the left knee.
The victim returned fire with an assault-style rifle, before jumping back in his car and racing home, where he called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital. He has not been named.
Police collected 16 shell casings at the scene of the shooting.
A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the shooters’ arrest.
Ny-Andra’s mother addressed the person responsible for her daughter’s injuries directly, begging him to turn himself in.
‘And I’m just asking you, the shooter, please give me some closure for my baby,’ said the girl’s mother. ‘She didn’t deserve this.’