Teen Shot While Protecting Siblings Recounts Shooting

A teen on the road to recovery spoke out exclusively to NBC 6 about the moment she came close to death.

The culprits are still on the run, but police now have new clues that could lead to their capture.

The girl's mother was in anguish after recounting the moments when her 13-year-old daughter was shot in front of her home. She said it's a miracle that her family made it out alive.

"I see a black car turn and stop in front of my house and then he shot," the young victim, Lazara Retana, explained.

Retana described the night of July 23 when she was with her siblings in front of her Southwest Miami-Dade home, when all of a sudden multiple shots rang out. She tried to protect her brothers, but ended up shot in the back.

Her mother told her daughter to run, but it was too late.

"I panicked, so then when I turned around to go run, I see my little brother sitting, so I tell him lay down, lay down and he lays down and when I start running, they shoot me through the back," Retana explained.

The teen has been in a lot of pain and had to undergo surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Her wounds even got infected, making it hard for her to walk. She's slowly recovering but she is feeling better.

The teen's mother believes her home was targeted because she has denounced government corruption and testified in cases in the past.

No arrests have been made and police said they are now looking for a dark-colored SUV Expedition or Suburban that was occupied by four black men.

The whole family is scared to go back to their old neighborhood so they're living together in temporary housing for their protection.

The teen explained what gave her strength as she fought for her life, "My family and me thinking I could be here for my brothers."

Retana is expected to be back in school in about six weeks when she fully recovers. She hopes to get back to living her life as a normal teenager soon.

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