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11-year-old girl describes moment she was shot

Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 19:00:46-04

Milwaukee, WI - An 11-year-old girl shot when at least six bullets ripped through her grandmother's north side home spoke out for the first time Tuesday.

"At first i didn't know I had got shot until it started burning and itching and stuff," Shamariona McCloud said.

Her arm rested in a sling while she reflected on the bullet she took to the body just one week ago.

"[The bullet hit] right here in my shoulder," she said.

The 11-year-old said she'll never forget the moment she was shot, and the pain it caused her family.

"The saddest thing about it is talking about it... because it keeps playing back and back and back," Shamariona said.

It's almost like a nightmare she just can't seem to wake from. Shamariona was visiting her grandmother last Tuesday night at a home near 44th and Locust. She went to throw something in the trash and that's when shots were fired, piercing through the home.

Milwaukee Police now have two people of interest in custody, but the pain connected to this violent incident is still felt. Shamariona and her mother, Ciera McCloud, are both forever changed and still looking for answers.

"It had hurt my family really, really bad because they usually see me happy and dancing around [now] they just see me quiet, sitting down, and doing nothing," Shamariona said.

"I'm always saying when I hear stuff on the news, please don't let me ever have to go through that and it finally happened. I'm going through it," her mom, Ciera, said.

To date there have been ten minors injured by gun violence in Milwaukee. Four of the ten, including Shamariona, were the result of violent incidents last week.