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Neighbors pray for change after 11-year-old shot in the eye

Posted: 10:22 PM, Dec 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-28 23:22:36-05
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — About a dozen neighbors and community members came together in song and in prayer Friday night, just feet away from the apartment where an 11-year-old girl was shot in the eye.

The shooting happened at about 8:30 on Thursday evening. Police arrested Trevaun Glenn, 16, in connected to the shooting. He is now charged with attempted criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and unlawful gun possession.

Tonight people who live near the scene in Andrew Jackson Courts, a public housing complex near Fisk University, came together to pray for the 11-year-old victim, who is recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and expected to survive. The group also called for a change.

"I heard a lot of ruckus outside, so I see the baby, the child running in the yard, not knowing what to do," Tiffany Woodard said. Woodard lives across the street from where the shooting happened, and suched out to help. "The little girl said, 'I asked him, I begged and pleaded for my life.'"

"I was blank, I didn't know what to say or what to think," Woodard added.

She said over the last year, crime has become more common on her street.

"You wouldn't have to worry about your kids playing outside, now these kids are scared, they're terrified," she said, adding that many times those kids are scared of other teenagers. "It's the kids killing kids..these are our babies, these are our future, these are our next presidents, the next mayors, the next governors...it's time for somebody to take a stand."

Woodard said she hopes the city could step in and help the kids. She said more activities could help get kids off the street and get guns away from teens, but the area around Andrew Jackson Court doesn't give that opportunity for young people.

"We need more activities, we need more things for the kids," she said. "It's like once they put us over here they left us...if we get some more activities, maybe, just maybe we wont get so much shooting."