By Marion V. Ali
Fourteen year-old Amybel Arana is clinging to life in the post-surgical ward at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
She had to undergo an operation to repair a collapsed lung and a damaged kidney, caused by a bullet which ripped through her abdomen shortly after 9 p.m. last Sunday night, March 2nd.
The child was shot while she was sitting with Shane Flowers, 23, on a bench in front of a house at 10 Glynn Street, behind the Salvation Army building on Cemetery Road.
The shooting occurred across the street from the house where the girl lives.
Police say the gunman rode by on a bicycle and when he neared the house he fired three shots at the two. Shane Flowers was shot in the head, and his condition has been classified as stable.
One of Arana’s relatives told The Reporter this week that the rest of the family had all gone to a wake in La Democracia Village, leaving Amybel home. They received the news by telephone that she had been shot.
Doctors have given this student of the Youth Enhancement Services (YES) a 50/50 chance of survival. Family and friends are praying that she does not develop an infection, which poses the greatest danger to her recovery.
Her relative says they are hanging onto hope because Amybel is conscious and talking.She remembers the gun attack, but she does not know who shot her.
Police, mean-while, are following a few leads into the shooting.