A 19-year-old woman from Richmond was recovering in the hospital Sunday after she was struck by a bullet while sitting in the living room of her home the night before.
The shooting happened Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. on Waller Avenue.
Richmond Police say nine shots were fired on the street and it doesn’t appear the shooter was aiming for the house.
The victim’s sister, who doesn’t want to be identified, told KTVU that the injured teenager was in the living room watching T.V. with her stepfather when they heard gunfire and dropped to the floor.
One bullet went through the front wall of the house, which went through the victim’s arm and struck her in the lower back as she was diving to the floor.
Quick thinking by the victim’s step-father may have made the difference as he immediately put pressure on his step-daughter’s wounds before paramedics got there.
“It could have been way worse,” said the victim’s sister. “But I’m just thankful that she’s talking and she’s breathing and she’s alert.”
As of Sunday, the victim was being treated at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The victim’s sister said the bullet was lodged near her spine and doctors were concerned about the possibility of paralysis.
“There’s the possibility she may lose the function in her legs but so far what I’m hearing on and off is that she still feels something,” said the victim’s sister.
Neighbors on Waller Avenue told KTVU that they were shaken by the shooting.
“They are good friends and they are our neighbors,” said neighbor Robert Coleman. “It’s just sad to see something like this happen in a quiet neighborhood
Police aren’t sure what prompted the shooting.
The victim’s sister says this was a senseless crime that’s left her family frightened.
“Whatever it was, she didn’t deserve it,” said the sister. “She really didn’t.”
The family later said that they have lived in the house for 16 years but after what happened Saturday night they just don’t feel safe there anymore.
Police were continuing to search for the shooter Sunday evening.