MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For the first time since she was shot while sleeping in her home, Emreon Branford, 15, is speaking about the horrific night just a few weeks ago.
Emreon was in bed when some person or persons pumped more than a dozen bullets into the home. She was left with wounds all over her arms and face. The bullet holes still remain on the home.
For Emreon, she’s just glad she was able to survive the shooting.
“I’m feeling happy, I’m feeling good that I’m alive,” said Branford. “It didn’t hurt or nothing until I woke up and then it did hurt. At first I thought I was going to die. What it could have been, well it could have been worse.”
Branford detailed the events of the night to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench Friday.
“I was sleeping in my bed with my little sister,” Branford said. “My sister started screaming and after that my mom and dad came into the room, turned on the light and they seen all this blood all over my arm in my eye and on my head.”
She said two bullets pierced her left arm and another bullet grazed the left side of her head.
Emreon’s five-year-old sister Kiara, who was sleeping in the same bed with her, and her 9-year-old brother Joseph, who was sleeping in a bed nearby, were not wounded.
“It feels kinda sad, but at the same time I should be happy that I’m still alive,” Branford said. “I never thought this sort of thing would happen to me.”
“I’m hurting for her,” Emreon’s mother Joslyn Plunkett said. “I wish I could take her pain. It just breaks my heart that I have to see my daughter go through this.”
“We found 15 shell casings outside the home,” she said. “We think 15 bullets were fired. We found a total of 21 bullets holes in the house from the 15 shots that were fired. Someone could have been killed.”
“It puzzles me because we don’t have any problems with anybody,” Plunkett said. “I can’t understand why anyone would want to come and do things like that.”
The main thing the family wants is for the shooter or shooters to be arrested.
“I would love for someone to come forward and say they saw something or heard something,” said Plunkett.
“This person should regret it right now,” Emreon said. “They should go to jail.”
“Right now, I feel angry. But I feel good that my Mom and Dad are here to support me.”
If you can help police, call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).
Emreon told D’Oench that she and her family could never return to the bullet-riddled home.
They have found temporary shelter at an apartment building in Southwest Broward. They say they are trying to find permament housing somewhere in Broward or Miami-Dade.