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Maryland girl, 14, speaks out after being shot in the head during drive-by shooting: 'I almost lost my life'


A 14-year-old Maryland girl spoke from her hospital bed Friday, a week after she became the unintended target of an alleged drive-by shooting at an apartment complex.

“There were 36 bullets and I was only shot once,” said 14-year-old Valeria. fox 5 dc in a phone call about the shooting that occurred in New Carrollton, Maryland, while she was outside an apartment with a friend after school.

He said, “The word needs to come out from a teenager, a 14-year-old, kids need to enjoy their time with their family members and their cousins ​​because you never know what How long does this go on because I almost lost my life.” ,

According to FOX 5, doctors said Valeria had a brain hemorrhage with bone fragments lodged in her brain and she could not stand on her own.

He is listed in stable condition.

“When I got there the police wouldn’t let me get close to her, and I say ‘they kill my baby, they kill my baby!’ said Valeria’s mother, Mirna Bonilla.

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Bonilla said she was five minutes away from picking up her daughter when she got the call that she had been shot.

Witnesses told the family that a teenager wearing a ski mask began shooting at a crowd outside the complex while driving on the street.

Stephanie Nunez, Valeria’s sister, said, “What do we understand because it’s now a problem between apartment complexes, so I don’t know if that means there are gangs in every apartment complex now, I’m not sure.” “I don’t know if it was gang related or just plain old violence.”


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Valeria may have a long recovery that could take months or even years, but her family is just grateful she’s still alive.

“I thought I knew pain, but it’s nothing compared to when you think you have to bury your 14-year-old sister,” Nunez said. “For two days we almost lost him twice.”

Nunez said that Valeria is starting to have nightmares and night terrors about the shooting and that because this is a traumatic brain injury, “it’s going to take some time to find out if she will have any long-term consequences from this injury, Nunez said.

“She’s still here,” Nuñez said, “and we know that’s not the case for a lot of parents.”

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The Prince George’s County Police Department told Fox 5 the investigation is active and no arrests have been made yet.

The family is asking witnesses to come forward.