CHICAGO (CBS) — An emotional plea was issued Tuesday by the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was shot in the face at a West Pullman neighborhood gas station.READ MORE: In Wake Of 'Events Across The Country,' Chicago Police Deploy Additional Resources And Cancel Days Off For Some Units
Ny-Andra Dyer was fighting for her life Tuesday night, as the search ramped up for the shooters.
As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported, Ny-Andra was sitting in the car with her family at the gas station in the 100 block of West 127th Street when three men started shooting. She was shot in the face.
Police said the 11-year-old was not the intended target of the shooting. She was wounded in a shooting involving three men.
Police said a 19-year-old man was leaving the gas station store when two men went up to him.
As he tried to go back into the store, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the teen, twice in his pelvic area and once in his left knee. Sources said the teen then returned fire, with an assault weapon-style rifle.
Police recovered a handgun near the scene, along with 16 shell casings.
After he was shot, sources said the teen got back into his vehicle and drove to his house, where he called for an ambulance.
Late Tuesday, police were still looking for the shooter, as Ny-Andra’s mother begged anyone with information to come forward.
“All I’m looking for is a miracle,” the girl’s mother said through tears. “I just need a miracle from God. I’m just going to stay prayed up.”READ MORE: Remembering Victims Of COVID-19 In Illinois
Ny-Andra was a sixth grader who loved to draw, dance, and do makeup. She was on her way home to finish her homework when she was shot in the face.
“Please put the guns down,” her mother said.
Ny-Andra was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital with serious brain injuries.
Her mom said if the swelling in her brain doesn’t subside in the next 72 hours, her family has been told they will have to make funeral arrangements.
“They messed her up,” Ny-Andra’s mother said. “She will never be the same.”
So Ny-Andra’s mother asked for more than a miracle. She had a message for the man who fired the shots, or anyone who knows who pulled the trigger.
“And I’m just asking you, the shooter, please give me some closure for my baby,” said the child’s mother. “She didn’t deserve this.”
As police continued to investigate Tuesday night, no one was in custody.
“Bring him to me alive, not dead,” Ny-Andra’s mother said. “Please.”
The reward for the tipster who leads to an arrest and conviction was at more than $30,000 Tuesday night. You can remain anonymous.MORE NEWS: 'We Have To Train Our Police To Use Force Less Often:' Professor David Harris On Minnesota Police Shooting That Killed Daunte Wright, Other Issues Around Police Use Of Force
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