Benton Harbor girl, 3, shot while sleeping undergoing surgeries

(Photo supplied/Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety)

UPDATE: The 3-year-old girl who was struck in the arm by a bullet from the shooting this past Saturday morning is in stable condition and doing well, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.

The girl underwent surgery in the right arm to repair damage from the gunshot would. She is scheduled for a second surgery in attempts to repair damaged nerves in the arm.

The family remain prayerful and optimistic for the child’s recovery.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 3-year-old Benton Harbor girl suffered a gunshot wound to the arm after being shot while lying, asleep, in her own bed.

The shooting happened just after 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 in the
800 Block of Monroe Street.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit was called in to help Benton Harbor Public Safety to process the crime scene.

Crime Scene Investigators found a large amount of bullet holes that had struck the house from the outside.

Deputies administered a tourniquet to the victim to control the bleeding.

The toddler told the deputies, “I don’t want to die” as they administered first aid to her, according to the sheriff’s department.

The child was transported by Medic 1 to Lakeland Hospital St. Joseph.

Anybody with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety Detectives at 269-927-8436 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.

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1 comment

Charles U Farley August 9, 2021 at 9:15 am

This is what being soft on gang crime and coddling criminals gets you. It’s time to start doubling sentences for the 2nd offense, tripling for the 3rd, etc., just to keep these people off the streets. Recidivism is too common, and rehabilitation is all but a myth.


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