Tayloni Mazyck, 11, was shot in the neck by a stray bullet in front her Bedford Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) home in New York and may never walk again, reports the Huffington Post.
Tayloni, known as “Tutu,” was outside with her mother and a baby cousin when Kane Cooper, 17, who lives one block away, walked up and opened fire on 2 men standing nearby.
Tayloni was stuck in the neck and the bullet became wedged against her spine. Though she has undergone surgery, the math whiz has no feeling in her legs and her arms just “tingle and hurt,” said her father.
Cooper was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment.
The violence unfolded about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a 17-year-old gunman started unloading as he walked down Throop Ave, shooting at two men standing outside 590 Gates Ave., police said.
Tayloni was waiting for her aunt, Michelle Fitzpatrick, outside the door of her apartment building at 600 Gates Ave. when she was accidentally struck. Her mother and her aunt’s 7-month old granddaughter were with her at the time. No one else was injured.
Fitzpatrick said she was running late to pick up Tayloni and taker back to her home on McKinley Ave, Brooklyn. The girl usually stayed with her aunt on the weekend, and had grown up alongside her four female cousins. The girls were like sisters to each other, Fitzpatrick said.
“I had her with me since she was a baby,” she said. “She was just a joy to be around, full of life and energy. Now she is never going to be the same.”
The full extent of her injuries was still unknown following surgery on Saturday morning. Doctors told the family that Tayloni had no feeling in both her legs, and they were unsure if she would be able to walk again, said Fitzpatrick.
The injured girl was due to graduate from local elementary P.S. 44 later this month. A math and track team enthusiast, her elder brother Daiquan Mazyck, 15, said Tayloni had been talking about her graduation ceremony for weeks.