CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - One day after her 6-year-old daughter was hit and wounded by a stray bullet in West Englewood, Carolyn Morris sat on her front porch keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and her nieces and nephews playing outside.
“I don't feel comfortable at all because you never know when they might come shooting again,” Morris said.
At 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Morris was sitting outside on the very same porch with Tacarra and other family members when shots rang out just a few houses away.
“Shots were like coming just hitting this rail, hitting this rail, hitting the window, so we all run in the house, shot still coming through the window,” Morris said.
Morris says she did not initially know her daughter had been hit because Tacarra never cried. But then she said her stomach hurt and when her mom lifted up her shirt she saw the open wound.
Tacarra's grandfather believes God protected her from being killed.
“My Father had his arms around her, that's right and a baby that age, six years old and took that and didn't pass out and wasn't crying, squalling and hollering in there you know somebody else had her. Good Lord had his arms around her,” said Arthur Morris.
On Wednesday night, police brought 'Operation Wake Up' to the corner where the shooting happened. It was a call for community action.
“This is what this about tonight, us coming together and organizing as a community to make a change. Because if we do not, we'll be here for a fourth time because another baby will be shot,” said Glen Brooks, CAPS Area Coordinator.
Tacarra's mother minced no words when asked her thoughts about the gunman.
“You really want to know? A person like that going around shooting kids should be dead, that's how I figure because I don't care who you're shooting at but you see all these innocent people out here, all these people out here but nobody gets shot but my 6-year-old daughter,” Morris said.
She worries about when the next shooting will happen.
“Do I want to stay here? No I don't. It just done got too rough in Chicago, too rough,” Morris said.
She said her daughter is doing much better and should be able to come home in about a week and a half.