The 9-year-old woman who was shot at a California mall Tuesday night time was hit by three stray bullets whereas ready in line to see the Easter Bunny, police and her kin mentioned.
Little Ava Chruniak was struck by the bullets allegedly fired by Marqel Cockrell, 20, a shoe retailer proprietor on the Mall of Victor Valley who was aiming at two shoplifters he was chasing away, in accordance with police and her grandmother.
“Cockrell’s pictures missed the shoplifters and as an alternative hit the 9-year-old feminine sufferer,” the Victorville Police Division mentioned in a press release.
Ava suffered a damaged arm, in accordance with a GoFundMe page that was elevating cash for her hospital payments.
Ava was mentioned to be in secure situation, and flashed a large grin for the digicam in her hospital mattress in an image posted on-line.
“No youngster deserves this she was on the mall going for Easter photos with the bunny she such a candy loving woman and loves studying her books,” her mom, Natalie, wrote within the fundraising web page.
Cockrell was arrested after he fled to Nevada following the taking pictures, police mentioned. He’s dealing with an tried homicide cost.
With AP wires