Wounded Girl In NW Indiana Says Shooting ‘Messed Up My Whole Life’

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (CBS) — Two young cousins continue to recover after being shot in the chest last week while playing video games inside their East Chicago, Ind. home.

Arianna and Selena Quiroz were hospitalized after the incident.

“I’m feeling not good right now because the person who did this messed up my whole life right now,” 11-year-old Selena says.

Selena and her grandmother, Juanita Quiroz, spoke to CBS 2’s Brad Edwards in a park near the home where the shooting happened.

“She’s not going to go back to that house. Neither is Arianna,” Juanita says.

The condition of 12-year-old Arianna, recovering at Comer Children’s Hospital, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

“We’re very close to each other. Today I just went to see her at the hospital,” Selena says.  “When I think about her I’m scared and I pray for her and a lot of people tell me and her, we’re in their prayers.”

Police say there are no solid leads in the case.  East Chicago Police enlisted the help of the FBI in case the shooting involves gangs.

“I wish I could go up to them and say, ‘Look at my grandkids. You’ve scarred them for life,’” Juanita says of the unknown perpetrators.  “I feel like they’re a bunch of cowards.”

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  • Out Rage

    And When they find these cowards send them to me. i have an electric chair that is just dying for some action.

  • Mike

    This was a “GANG” related shooting,the person they were shooting at was in the house.what other reason would someone shoot in a house? GANGS!

    • Smilie

      There is no justification for someone to shot at anyone. No one has the right to play God with peoples lives. BOTTOMLINE…2 little girls were badly hurt!

  • J

    They are weasels and cowards, no argument there. Spending time incarcerated may cure them of their stupidity.

    Speedy recovery to the girls. As you grow up, don’t associate with anyone in these idiotic gangs. Avoid them like the plague along with men who don’t treat you well.

  • Tee T

    More illegally imported criminals and crime.

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