FLORIDA CITY (CBSMiami) — Two young siblings continue to recover after being shot in a drive-by as they played in the front yard of their Florida City home.
According to their mother, Katilia Bell, five-year-old Eric Wright and his nine-year-old half-sister Treasure Clark are improving greatly, despite each having been shot, police say, with a high caliber slug to the upper chest.
“Jesus has them. They’re covered. It could have been worse. That’s how you know there is a God, there is a God,” Katilia Bell said outside the hospital Monday.
Bell told CBS4’s Gary Nelson, that Eric, also known as E.J., might be released from Kendall Regional Medical Center Monday night and Treasure could be released on Tuesday.
Both children are now listed in fair condition after originally being brought into the hospital in critical condition.
“I was in shock. I was in shock. But whoever is behind this, they need to just come forward, because they was two innocent babies, just playing in the yard, not doing nothing,” Bell said.
Their mother says she has no idea who was behind the shooting or the motive behind it.
The kids were simply playing in the yard Thursday at NW 7th Avenue and 12th Street when someone in a white car drove by and opened fire. The yard was full of kids and some adults.
“It’s crazy. You got to think about if they had kids, or their little or brother or sister, how would they feel if it happened to them,” Bell said.
Bell says everyone knows her yard is always full of children. She said she has more blessings now than she can count.
“It’s a miracle. It’s a miracle. I thought I was going to lose both of them,” Bell said.
The mother says she is afraid to return to the home where her children were shot, for fear the shooters could return. She shudders to think there might be someone in her family or someone she knows who shot the children deliberately to get back at them.
The family has established a Go Fund Me page for help in relocating.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.