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