Girl Scout, 9, Shot on Way to Get Cookies

Sinai Miller is home recovering with a bandaged leg
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2015 9:38 AM CST
Girl Scout, 9, Shot on Way to Get Cookies
Girl Scouts from the Texas Council sell cookies, Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sinai Miller had been waiting all day Tuesday for 4:30pm when she could pick up her Girl Scout cookies and begin selling them to neighbors. When the time came, she stepped outside her apartment with her two younger sisters, but "they didn't even get to make it across the lot and then the shots start ringing out," a family friend tells the Indianapolis Star. The girls' mother, Shanita Miller, rushed her children back inside, but Sinai said, "Mama, mama, mama. It hurt. It hurt. It hurt." A bullet had entered and exited her calf, missing bone and artery, the Star reports. Sinai, who is back at home after a short hospital visit, asks, "What did I do wrong? Why did this happen?"

Authorities say the bullet wasn't meant for Sinai or her sisters. Witnesses told police several shots came from a blue Ford Expedition and may have been fired in the direction of a group of men standing outside nearby apartments, Fox 59 reports. One bullet hit an apartment door, Q13 Fox notes. The SUV fled the scene and investigators have yet to make any arrests. Shanita Miller, who is now considering moving, says she's hoping for justice "so that won't happen to someone else's child." As for Sinai, "she's very brave," her mother says. She adds though Sinai can't yet walk on her own, she can't wait to get outside and sell her Girl Scout cookies. (More Girl Scout cookies stories.)

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