10-year-old Euclid girl shot, police say

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 4:17 PM EDT
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EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - A 10-year-old girl was shot in Euclid Monday, according to police.

“I was very worried,” said Rasheeda Porter, the little girl’s older sister. “I was panicking actually.”

Porter told 19 News her little sister is okay; she was discharged from the hospital just a few hours later.

But Porter is furious that someone would be firing a gun in a residential neighborhood like this just as kids as coming home from school.

“Put the guns down, like it’s kids out here,” Porter said.

Police said around 2:30 p.m., gunfire erupted on Halle Drive.

Nineteen-year-old Porter’s little sister was standing in a nearby yard and was struck in her arm by a bullet.

“I felt very lost without words because she’s only 10 she’s been through so much in the last years my mom been incarcerated. It’s like everybody going through a lot,” Porter said.

Porter said her little sister is an identical twin.

She thinks the girls had probably just gotten off the bus from school when someone started shooting.

Neighbors tell us they heard arguing before the gunshots.

“That’s the best thing that ever happened to me in life was my little sisters,” she said. “Ever since my mom left, I feel like we all split up but one thing about me I’m gonna step in front of anything for them. I’m gonna be there with them every step of the way.”

Even though the little girl is physically okay, Porter is worried about the emotional toll this could take on her sister.

“It doesn’t matter where she got shot at,” Porter said. “She’s still 10 years old. She’s still a little girl. Her life hasn’t even started yet. Just because she’s 10 doesn’t mean her life started. Literally, my baby is probably gonna be traumatized for the rest of her life.”

Porter is hoping whoever pulled the trigger is criminally charged.

“Accident or not you still did it,” Porter said. “There was kids around. Kids walking from school. It don’t matter y’all can be arguing whatever y’all arguing about. Don’t pull a gun out especially when kids is around and you didn’t shoot at him or whoever you were trying to shoot at. You shot at a 10-year-old girl. An innocent one at that.”

No other injuries have been reported at this time.

Police have not said if anyone has been charged. The shooting remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.