Sunday, December 17, 2017

Girl, 4, shot in drive-by


CONCERNED: Alisha Headley looks at a photo of her daughter, four year-old Sarah, who was hit in the forehead on Tuesday night by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting in Carenage. Also in photo are Sarah’s stepfather Aidan Julien and his daughter Wilton at their home in L’anse Mitan yesterday. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

Four-year-old Sarah Headley became the latest victim of gang violence on Tuesday when a stray bullet struck her in the forehead as she was on her way to her Carenage home. 

Sarah is currently in a “serious but stable” condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. 

The incident  took place around 8.15 p.m. along Upper L’anse Mitan Road, Carenage. 

According to police reports,Sarah’s mother, 24-year-old Alisha Headley, was with her daughter in a vehicle proceeding north heading home, when they observed another vehicle coming towards them. The driver of the car that Headley and her daughter were in pulled to a stop to allow the other car to pass, however, at that exact moment, several loud explosions rang out. “Next thing I know, I am hearing this loud noise and when I look up I saw the front glass by the driver side had been blown out. So I push my daughter to the ground and me and the driver tried to lower ourselves as low as possible in the car because we knew it was gunshots. 

“Whole time I was hearing Sarah crying, so I start to tell her ‘hush your mouth! Hush your mouth child!’ Cause when she was crying I could see the gunman standing outside the car, and I didn’t want to give anyone a reason to harm her or myself. But she just kept crying. So I reached my hand over and put it over her mouth so she would be quiet until the gunman moved.

“I immediately felt something wet, but I didn’t take it on at the time. It was only when the gunman moved away and I pulled my hand up, I realised it was covered in blood, and when I looked down, I’m seeing her bleeding from the middle of her forehead,” Headley recalled. 

She said she then asked the driver of the vehicle to take her and her daughter to the hospital. 

Sarah was initially treated at the St James Medical Complex before being transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. 

Up to last night she was said to be in a “serious but stable” condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. 

When the Express visited Headley’s home yesterday, the mother of two was preparing to return to her four-year-old daughter’s side at the hospital. 

She said Sarah had yet to speak since she was admitted and that she was being carefully monitored by paediatricians at Mt Hope. While she said she was “in a state of shock and disbelief” over the incident, she was very thankful that her first born child was still alive. “I am not doing well at all in this moment as a mother. Those men almost left me with a dead child because of their actions. But thankfully she is still alive. I will keep on praying and asking God for faith that she will make it and I will keep at her side. The doctors at the hospital are trying with her. I have seen that, they are trying and they are monitoring her, and for that I am grateful,” Headley said.