Tayloni Mazyck, 11, was shot in the neck by a stray bullet in front her Bedford Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) home in New York and may never walk again, reports the Huffington Post.
Tayloni, known as “Tutu,” was outside with her mother and a baby cousin when Kane Cooper, 17, who lives one block away, walked up and opened fire on 2 men standing nearby.
Tayloni was stuck in the neck and the bullet became wedged against her spine. Though she has undergone surgery, the math whiz has no feeling in her legs and her arms just “tingle and hurt,” said her father.
Cooper was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment.
Read more at the Huffington Post:
The violence unfolded about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a 17-year-old gunman started unloading as he walked down Throop Ave, shooting at two men standing outside 590 Gates Ave., police said.
Tayloni was waiting for her aunt, Michelle Fitzpatrick, outside the door of her apartment building at 600 Gates Ave. when she was accidentally struck. Her mother and her aunt’s 7-month old granddaughter were with her at the time. No one else was injured.