A 9-year-old Girl Scout in Indianapolis was shot on Tuesday while selling Girl Scout Cookies in her neighborhood.
The Washington Post reports that Sinai Miller left her apartment around 4 P.M., ready to offer Girl Scout cookies to her neighbors. A blue Ford Expedition drove past a nearby street as the shooter’s arm emerged through the open window.
According to Mark Chandler, the boyfriend of Sinai’s mother, the drive-by shooting happened almost immediately after the young girl left her home.
“They walked outside the door and they didn’t even get to make it across the lot and then the shots start ringing out.”
In an interview with Fox13, Chandler explains what happened after he rushed downstairs and reacted to the troubling scene.
“She was sitting over there, and that’s her little boot, and that’s the blood. It’s just ridiculous. She’s 9-years-old, man. She’s very smart. She don’t know nothing about no guns or no shots or whatever.”
Another local resident, Tamera Williams, expressed her own feelings about the shooting to the same TV station. Williams states that the community is “kid-friendly,” which is why the incident was such a shock.
The report confirms that Sinai Miller was shot in her lower left calf, and the young Girl Scout was rushed to a local children’s hospital. According to the Indy Star, her condition has stabilized since the shooting.
As of right now, the person responsible for the shooting has yet to be identified. The police are not sure of how many people were inside of the blue Ford Expedition. Neither do they know if the shooter was the one driving or if Sinai Miller was the intended target of the shooting.
According to witnesses, the shooter fired indiscriminately even while children played in a nearby area. It is also believed that the young Girl Scout was actually struck by a stray bullet from the shooting.
In honor of Sinai being shot, the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has developed a drive known as “Cookies for Sinai.”
We are so sad that one of our Girl Scouts was injured last night during a random act of violence. Our thoughts are with her and her family.
— girlscoutsIN (@girlscoutsIN) February 4, 2015
Deborah Hearn Smith, the chief executive of the organization, referenced the drive when speaking with the Indy Star.
“We cannot complete our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place when they are afraid to play in their own neighborhoods.”
Clearly, the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana are taking an active stand against the violence that led to young Sinai being rushed to the hospital.
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