ROCHESTER — A Schenectady girl visiting family in Rochester who was shot in the face Wednesday has been released from the hospital, according to The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Jomaira Rodriguez, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Mont Pleasant Middle School, was hit as she rode in the back seat of a car, the paper reported.
Rodriguez pictured on D & C website
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She was going from one relative’s home to another when she was struck.
A woman described as a Rodriguez family friend told the paper five others were also in the car at the time, but were not injured.
Rodriguez underwent surgery to remove a bullet fragment from her face, the paper reported. The fragment lodged in her cheek bone and behind her nose.
“She is able to talk. She is doing a lot better than she was. She is real alert. She never gave up on anything. She is scared but she is not upset,” Selma Martinez, the girl’s nanny and a family friend, was quoted by the paper as saying.
“We are happy because things are going very well.”
A photo included on DemocratandChronicle.com showed the girl appearing alert with stitches on her left cheek.
The paper quoted Rochester police Officer Stephen Scott as saying police had concluded the car the girl was in was not the intended target of the shooting. But police didn’t know who or what the shooter was firing at.
No arrests have been made.
Schenectady schools are off this week on spring recess.