They missed the man they were looking for, said Chlo’ee’s mother Leronisha Williams. Instead, the bullets hit and injured two of her younger cousins: a 15-year-old boy and Chlo’ee, with a bullet entering the girl’s chin, cutting her throat and exiting her back.
Leronisha Williams said on Friday her daughter remained on a hospital ventilator, which helped Chlo’ee breathe as her throat healed. Doctors concluded that Chlo’ee also suffered severe spinal cord damage, and Williams said she fervently prays that if her daughter is paralyzed, it will only be temporary.
“I have no words for the person who did this to my baby,” said Williams, who spent Thanksgiving at the bedside of her daughter’s hospital, where she plans to be until Chlo day. ‘ee will be released. “Anyone who shoots in a garden where a painted child is heartless. They don’t care about themselves or anyone else.
Williams’ remarks, in a brief phone interview, provided new details about another gruesome shooting in New Orleans, which has seen a staggering increase in gun violence this year. As of noon Friday, the number of non-fatal shootings this year was up almost 63% from the same period in 2019. There had been at least 178 murders, a 76% increase from the 101 reported the same day. in 2019..
Among those injured or killed were children and innocent bystanders, like Chlo’ee.
He told a 7 year old girl she was not going to die, but deep down he was worried
Still, Williams said she never imagined the nightmare that awaited her when she left Chlo’ee in the care of her loved ones on Tuesday in the 2500 block of North Prieur Street as she surrendered. at a hairdressing appointment.
A sophomore student at the Noble Minds Institute for Whole Child Learning in the Carrollton area, Chlo’ee loves to dance, build with Lego blocks and draw paintings for her family, Williams said.
She was working on her latest painting in the front yard with a group of people when two men who appeared to be looking for an older relative of the girl approached. The men started firing guns and then fled.
Shots hit Chlo’ee and a 15-year-old boy. Citing information she has since been able to pull together, Williams said the apparent target was not hit and immediately escaped the scene.
A policeman quickly arrived and held a first aid tool called a chest seal against Chlo’ee’s back to prevent her lungs from collapsing. Paramedics took the young girl and older child to the University Medical Center, before a crew airlifted Chlo’ee to the intensive care unit at the children’s hospital.
Officer places chest seal on 7-year-old girl, holding it until ambulance arrives
Williams, 27, said doctors sewed two large holes in Chlo’ee’s windpipe. While they let Chlo’ee heal from that, Williams said, they hooked her up to a ventilator, which basically breathes for her.
She said doctors are currently working to get Chlo’ee to the point where she can breathe on her own again. Next, the focus will be on assessing the extent of the damage to his spinal cord and determining whether the potential effects on his ability to walk are permanent or temporary.
Williams was reluctant to discuss this aspect of her daughter’s recovery, saying only that she hoped everything would go as well as possible.
Last week, 7-year-old Chlo’ee recorded this video at school for Thanksgiving, saying she was “thankful for her life.” Five days later, she was shot while painting outside. Her mother told me that the doctors said she wasn’t supposed to make it, but that “God was not ready for her to come home yet.” @wdsu pic.twitter.com/sHmmkSYCc9
– Christina Watkins (@CWatkinsWDSU) November 27, 2020
During this time, she turned to the public to help them through the ordeal of her family. On Thursday, she launched a GoFundMe campaign asking for $ 150,000 in donations to help pay rent, Chlo’ee’s medical bills and other expenses. The campaign raised more than $ 4,000 on Friday afternoon.
Williams said she knew Chlo’ee would look to her for courage in the battles to come. And Williams said she takes doctors’ advice to deal with it piecemeal, so that she can remain a source of strength for Chlo’ee.
“I have to be strong for her,” Williams said. “They take one step at a time … and they tell me to take it one day at a time.”
New Orleans police have not publicly named any suspects in the double shooting. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers Inc. at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.