14-Yr-Old Girl Shot in Drive-By talks to Action News

June 12, 2009 8:49:22 PM PDT
A fourteen-year old Ivanhoe girl is resting at home after a bullet struck her in the head during a drive-by shooting.It happened Thursday night near the corner of Avenue 328 and Road 157 in Ivanhoe.

If you met 14-year old Ariana Baez right now you wouldn't even know she had been shot in the head just 24 hours ago ... but she has the wounds on her head to prove it. And she feels lucky she survived this random shooting.

Ariana Baez points out the four staples under her hair after doctors removed a bullet from her head Thursday night.

Ariana Baez said, "It wasn't all inside it was just right there a little bit because it didn't go like too much."

Tulare County Sheriff's Detectives estimate up to 20 shots hit three houses during a drive-by shooting Thursday.

Two bullets struck Baez's house. The one that hit her went through the front of the house, through the living room wall and into her room.

The Valley Oak Middle School graduate said she was doing her hair at the time, getting ready to visit friends.

"I didn't have any idea what happened. I was so nervous I was crying, yelling, it was so scary," said Baez.

Baez dropped to the floor. Her parents called 9-1-1 and she was airlifted to a Fresno hospital.

Baez is still in shock over the shooting. Her friends came over to cheer her up but they canceled plans to go to the movies because she isn't ready yet to leave the house.

"I'm scared a little bit because I don't know who is this so I think they're going to come back or something so yeah," said Baez.

Ariana's neighbor says people are still in shock over what appears to be a random shooting.

Camille Silva said, "It's scary because you know a bullet actually went thru our house so it's scary to think we could be inside our house and ... still get hit."

Deputies are looking for a black or blue Toyota Tundra-like truck that was seen leaving the area. If you have any information you're asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Detectives.

In the meantime, Ariana is looking forward to getting her stitches removed so she can start playing soccer again.

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