7-year-old girl hurt when Rock Hill apartment shot into, police say

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 7-year-old girl is home from the hospital after someone shot into her apartment Sunday night.

The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. Sunday at the Market Place Apartments on South Heckle Boulevard. When they arrived, police found the girl had been grazed on the leg.

Paramedics took the child to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

Channel 9′s Tina Terry spoke to the girl’s mother, Ciaera Milburn, on Monday. She said her daughter, Zaree, was downstairs when one of the bullets grazed her ankle.

“She was in shock, crying a little bit, just holding her leg,” Ciaera Milburn said. “Her sisters were crying and scared and saying ‘mommy my sister’s leg is bleeding.’”

Zaree was walking around Monday and was in good spirits. Her mom said she’s grateful her daughter survived, but she wants answers.

“I felt speechless,” she said. “I didn’t know how bad it was and I was really just scared.”

“Why would someone do this?” she asked.

Rock Hill police found several bullet holes in the apartment. They said at least three, but possibly more, were fired.

Police recognize things could have been very different.

“A lot of people could have been harmed by what happened last night,” Lt. Michael Chavis said.

Zaree is at home recovering now. Her mom said she’s being strong for both Zaree and her other daughters.

“I was homeless before I moved here, so being here is me and my kids’ home,” Ciaera Milburn said. “We don’t have a secondary place that we can go in a time like this and I wish we could, but we just don’t.”

Police are still looking for a suspect and asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 803-329-7293. Detectives have spent hours since Sunday combing the neighborhood for clues and any video evidence that could lead them to a suspect.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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