Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping in Bed: Cops

The shooting occurred at NW 55th Terrace between 24th and 25th Aves.

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel, Betty Yu and Karen Franklin
|  Sunday, Apr 8, 2012  |  Updated 10:53 AM EDT
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A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times while she slept in the same room with her two siblings early Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade County, her step-father said. NBC 6 spoke with the girl's step-father David Plunkett and her friend Karen Sanchez.

A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times while she slept in the same room with her two siblings early Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade County, her step-father said. NBC 6 spoke with the girl's step-father David Plunkett and her friend Karen Sanchez.

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Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping In Bed: Cops

A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times while she slept in the same room with her two siblings early Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade County, her step-father David Plunkett said. NBC 6 spoke with the man as he described the shooting.

Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping in Bed: Cops

The shooting occurred at NW 55th Terrace between 24th and 25th Aves.
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A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times while she slept in the same room with her two siblings early Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade County, her step-father said.

The shooting occurred around 6 a.m. at NW 55th Terrace between 24th and 25th Aves., Miami-Dade Police said. At least a dozen shots were fired.

There were no eyewitnesses, but neighbors overheard the gunshots.

The girl's step- father David Plunkett, identified the teen as Emreon Branford. He said she was sleeping in the same bed as her 5-year-old sister when she was injured in her arm and breast, and grazed in the face. Her 9-year-old brother was sleeping in the same room.

"I got up, my daughter screamed out, I run in the room, switch on the lights, she was in blood all over," Plunkett said.

Plunkett said he and his wife and their three children were home at the time, but the 8th grader was the only one injured.

"I just thank God it wasn't worse," Plunkett said.

The teenager is in stable condition and expected to recover.

Neighbor and friend Karen Sanchez told NBC 6 that she ran outside when she heard the shots.

"We saw her mom screaming, and she knocked on our neighbor's door and she ran to our neighbor and cried to our neighbor saying, 'I can't believe what's happening,' so it's pretty sad," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said she knows the injured teen, who attends Brownsville Middle School, and described her as "very friendly, very outgoing."

"I knew the girl. To me its very shocking how someone could do something like that cause we were really close, and I can't picture to know that someone would hurt her in such a way," she said. "She goes to school, and she does everything she's supposed to."

Authorities said someone apparently opened fire on the home, which the family has lived in for about one year.

"This is senseless and whoever did it, I would say they must have made a mistake and really if this is the house they wanted to get, I don't know why," Plunkett said.

The girl was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center with injuries. No one else in the house was hurt.

Plunkett had a word for the perpetrators.

"What goes around comes back around," he said.

Stay with NBCMiami.com for updates.
 

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