Last Thursday, 24-year-old Tonishia Allen and her 1-year-old daughter, Jaliyah, were wounded in a shooting while they slept in a home in the West Pullam neighborhood of Chicago. While the mother was treated and released from the hospital following her injuries, her daughter remains in critical condition after surgery, and still authorities have not given them answers on what happened.
We don’t do nothing to nobody; we didn’t deserve it,” Tonishia told ABC News. “I just want justice for me and my baby.”
Tonishia and her daughter were sleeping at her mother’s home when shots were fired through the wall of the house. The mother says she fell out of bed and because her daughter wasn’t crying, she didn’t think she was hit—until she noticed blood.
“She got hit in the top of the head – it went thru the brain and came out her left jaw, and that’s the same bullet that hit me,” Tonishia said.
While Tonishia was only shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery, her daughter has had problems with her heart rate since her surgery and remains in intensive care. Though Tonishia is confident her daughter will pull through, the baby’s grandfather, Omiah Newman said it’s been difficult to remain optimistic.
“It’s just not the same; I’m used to seeing my grandbaby running around the house, and that’s been taken away from us. Hopefully it’s momentary.”
Five days later, police still have not placed anyone in custody in connection with the shooting, which coincidentally—or not—occurred four years after Tonishia’s sister was shot to death.
“They haven’t even found out what happened to her – who did it; so [we’re] back at square one again, and it’s really senseless how these young folks have these guns out here,” Jaliyah’s grandmother, Tina Cornell, said.
So far, all police have said is that the shooting may be gang related. Hopefully little Jaliyah will pull through.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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