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Prosecutors: Teen Accused Of Shooting Girl Found Gun On Sidewalk

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) –  A 15-year old girl landed in the hospital Wednesday with a bullet lodged in her back after what her family says was an accidental shooting.

It happened just after 4 p.m. near NW 2nd Avenue and 43rd Street.

Family member said the shooting was an accident but right now they are focusing on  Ronniesha Hart’s recovery. They said they are thankful she is alive.

“I feel a lot better than I did yesterday. You understand me cuz she could’ve been gone,” said Hart grandmother Rita Spikes.

Family members said the 15-year old shooter is Hart’s friend who was later arrested.

In a hearing on Thursday, the boy’s mother went before a juvenile judge, without her son.

Prosecutors said the gun that landed Hart in the hospital was found on a neighborhood side-walk before being picked up by Hart’s friend and taken to a friend’s house so he could show to show it off.

Surveillance video from across the street at the time of the shooting shows two kids walking up to Hart’s home and then hurrying off moments later.

Hart’s little sister said she was right there when the gun went off and explained what happened.

“And he was out here….He was just playing with it and then my sister’s like, ‘What that little old thing gonna do to me?’  He never said that ‘I’m going to show you.’ He was just playing with it and then it went off,” said Ronniya Hart, Ronniesha sister.

Hart’s sister said Hart then told the boy to run after the alleged shooting.

“He left because she told him to. She didn’t want him to get arrested because they are friends but his mom said she shouldn’t have left because that made it worse for him,” said  Ronniya Hart.

The alleged shooter went to his mother and spoke to her about the incident.

“The only thing he said to me was, ‘Mom, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do it.’ That’s all he said and I believe him. That was his friend,” said Lashonda Hill.

The girl’s family said doctors are waiting for the bullet to travel a little more before they remove it.

The 15-year-old boy won’t be charged until later this month.

Click Here to watch MaryAnn Martinez’s report.

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