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7-year-old hit in eye by stray bullet in Garfield Heights living room

Mother says God protected her daughter
Nyairra Green
Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-24 23:10:13-04

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A 7-year-old girl is recovering after she was hit in the eye by a stray bullet in a Garfield Heights living room.

The incident happened on Saturday at 1 a.m. in the 9300 block of Grand Division Avenue.

When police arrived, they said a woman was carrying Nyairra, 7, to the cruiser.

“I never witnessed a miracle, I always believed in them,” said Shernisha Chaney, the girl's mother. “I know they’re possible and it happens every day, I never witnessed one, but I’m witnessing one right now.”

Police said they noticed a gunshot wound to the eye and transported the girl in the back of their cruiser to Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital.

“I’m still angry. I’m very angry because I don’t know how to tell my daughter that she’s not going to look the same,” said Chaney.

The girl was then transported to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in critical condition.

“The kids were screaming ‘mommy they’re shooting, mommy they shot Nyairra,’” said Chaney.

Chaney said she was visiting a family at home in Garfield Heights when someone outside randomly fired one shot into the home.

No one inside of the house had a firearm.

Chaney said that doctors will have to remove Nyarria’s right eye and replace it with a prosthetic.

She said that it was nothing but God’s hedge of protection that spared her child’s life.

“I have strong faith in my God because I serve an awesome God, he is worthy to be praised because my daughter is here today,” said Chaney. “She’s here today, she’s fighting and she’s getting stronger and stronger every day.”

Chaney told News 5 that she is missing work as she stays at the hospital to care for her daughter.

Click here to donate to a GoFundMe that will assist Chaney in Nyarria’s medical expenses.

No arrests have been made.