‘Our hero’: 7-year-old released from hospital days after being hit by stray bullet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 7-year-old girl got to leave the hospital Monday -- nearly a week after she was hit by a stray bullet during a shooting in her northwest Charlotte neighborhood.

Zionna Grace left the hospital with balloons tied to her wheelchair, but to many in her community she should have left wearing a cape.

“She is our hero,” said Brenda Stevenson, Pastor of New Outreach Church.

>>In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Ken Lemon walks you through Zionna’s amazing recovery and a new rallying cry from the community to stop the violence.

7-year-old gets warm welcome at church after being hit by stray bullet

Zionna returned to church for the first time on Sunday after being hit by a stray bullet outside her home in northwest Charlotte.

She was welcomed with open arms when she walked inside New Outreach Christian Center.

About two weeks ago, Zionna was hit by a bullet on Marble Street. A week later, she was able to leave the hospital.

She told everyone in the Church how she’s feeling since the shooting.

“How you feel, Zionna?” her mother, Kierra Wilfong asked.

“I feel not 100% but 90%,” Zionna responded.

“She said she’s 90%. That’s good enough for me,” Wilfong said. “Because that means she’s not crying or in a whole lot of pain like before.”

Zionna and her mother also received a fruit basket and money from the church.

Wilfong said she’d felt nothing but support since the shooting happened, and she’s appreciative.