Girl Shot in Drive-By Recovering at Home

Desaree Sanders was shot in the eye playing outside five weeks ago

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    Desaree Sanders

    She's shy and embarrassed about how her face looks, but a 7-year-old girl who became the victim of a gang-related drive-by shooting last month is recovering at home and surrounded by a family who clearly loves her.

    "I'm delighted to have her back. I was so worried and, you know, I can sleep better now. I'm expecting, so it was hard to be going through that. But she's here, so I'm happy," said Eboni Ramsey.

    Her daughter, Desaree Sanders, was the unintended recipient of a gunman's bullet as she rode her scooter in front of her grandmother's home on March 17. She was shot in the eye and has undergone several surgeries since being brought out of a doctor-induced coma.

    "From the first day up until now, she's doing excellent because I didn't know what she'd be able to do," said Ramsey.

    Packing boxes are strewn about the house. After just a year in their South Side home, the family is preparing for a move.

    "Just to go past where it happened is hard," Ramsey said. "I know it's bad everywhere, but I just do want to get from over here."

    She said her kids haven't been outside to play since the shooting.

    No one is in police custody, but Ramsey said she thinks police know who they're looking for. And for that person, she has a message.

    "Turn yourself in. You harmed a little girl. She's innocent. Come forward so she can have her justice."