DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dayton Police are looking for the person who shot an 8 year-old as she was standing on her front porch Sunday night.
The shooting is still under investigation but, it is already clear Ken-naya Starr-Lewis was not the bullet's target. She was simply in the right place at the wrong time.
The Rosa Parks elementary school student had been getting ready for bed, when her family tells 2 NEWS they heard a growing argument at the house next door.
Ken-Naya's grandmother, Tracy Bohannon, said she went outside to tell everyone to quiet down and that's when the shooting started.
"We didn't even know that she had got hit," said Bohannon. "We just heard the shots and shut the door".
Ken-Naya had been shot in the leg.
"A half an inch more and it could have hit her artery or her blood vessel and we wouldn't have her," added Bohannon.
Ken-Naya was rushed to Dayton Children's where she remained on Monday. Her family said she was doing well. "She's feeling good today and I just thank God she's alive".
Bohannon said Ken-Naya was laughing, joking and ready to come home. A sentiment she doesn't share. Bohannon said she no longer feels her family is safe on North Main and will be looking for a new place to live.
"It's very sickening and it hurts, especially when it hits home," she said. "I just want peace. I don't want trouble. I really don't want retaliation. I would like to see justice, but other than that, I would just like everyone to put the guns down. Talk it out if you can, and if not, just walk away. It's not worth your life. It's just not worth your life".
Police have already made a couple of arrests in this case, but said none of the people they had in custody were the actual shooter.
If you have any information that could help investigators catch the person responsible, call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.
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