UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police say the 16-year-old girl who was shot in the chest on Schuyler Street on Memorial Day was awake Tuesday after undergoing a successful emergency surgery.
The girl was shot in the chest while riding her bike near the intersection of Schuyler and Knox streets around 2 p.m. Monday.
Officers Manion and Mowers were first to arrive to the scene, and took quick action by placing an adhesive seal over the girl’s gunshot wound to prevent adverse chest pressure and keep her breathing.
Paramedics also had to perform an emergency needle decompression of the girl’s chest while she was being transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
She then went into surgery, and was sedated until Tuesday around noon when police say she was conscious and alert.
Utica police say this was not a random shooting, and the victim was targeted by someone she knows.
"So, it appears unfortunately, that through interactions as well as interviews with people on the scene, that the two, the assailant and both the victim knew each other and this was a targeted event; it does not appear to be any kind of random sort of violence," said Sgt. Michael Curley.
Police are still searching for a suspect in the shooting, and ask the public to contact them at 315-223-3556 with any information regarding this incident.