MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a little girl injured after someone opened fire on their Whitehaven home have opened up about the terrifying ordeal.
The child's father didn't want to talk on camera, but he identified the victim as 10-year-old Jeriyah McFarland.
"I'm very relieved she is okay, because of all of these shootings with kids and the senseless shooting going on. A lot of kids were not as fortunate as my child," he said.
He says she was sleeping in her bedroom when she was shot twice in the arm.
Several bullet holes can be seen through the window.
"She was shot with an assault rifle and a hand gun," the father said.
Police told the family as many as 26 shots were fired at the home Wednesday morning.
McFarland and four other children, ages one to 17, were inside the Bonita Drive home when shots rang out.
Police set up a crime scene around 2 a.m. and looked for all of the shell casings.
Family members say the shots were fired along the side of the house as someone drove down Bonita, but they didn't see anything.
There were so many shots that some bullets even hit a vehicle in the driveway.
"My cousin called me. As soon as he called me, I came straight up here," the victim's cousin, Alvin Armstrong, said.
Armstrong says McFarland didn't deserve this, and the senseless violence in Memphis has to stop.
"These people out here are crazy and ignorant. They don't care who they hurt or anything,"
McFarland's father says in this case, it was his daughter.
"I'm glad she's still here. Thank God for that," he said.
The family said they didn't see or hear the suspect's vehicle.
The suspect remains unknown and at large.
If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.