(9/26/18) A second grader has been released from the hospital and is lucky to be alive after being grazed by bullets at a local intersection.
The Pine Bluff Police Department (PBPD) says the seven-year-old girl was in the backseat of her grandfather’s car at 28th Ave. and Catalpa St. around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when gunshots were fired from inside another car.
The grandfather’s car was hit by multiple bullets. The girl’s family says it’s a miracle she wasn’t seriously injured.
Emanuel Davis had just picked up his granddaughter from gymnastics practice. He says he was waiting at the intersection when the gunfire broke out.
Investigators say the girl was grazed by two bullets – in her arm and leg.
“God with his angels,” Davis says. “I didn’t know she had been hit. She said she had been shot and said ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die.’ I got out of the car and she was laying slumped over, bleeding, blood all over.”
“Had it been a centimeter lower or higher it would’ve shot her right in the head right there,” he continues. “She was blessed with angels watching over her.”
“Incredibly lucky,” adds Officer Richard Wegner, Pine Bluff Police Department.
The PBPD says a fight inside the suspect’s car led to the shooting. A man inside that vehicle jumped out as he was still being shot at and suffered extensive damage to his hand. He remains in the hospital and detectives have not yet been able to interview him.
“We are dealing with a group of individuals that has very little to no regard for the value of human life,” Wegner continues.
Police have not yet made an arrest in the case.