7-year-old Dallas girl survives being shot by stray bullet

Home from the hospital after a close call

- A 7-year-old South Dallas girl is home from the hospital after a stray bullet came within inches of striking her in the heart.

The little girl, Adriana Espinoza, was riding with her father to get pizza around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night when someone began shooting from an SUV.

Dallas police believe the intended target was a group of people standing in front of a convenience store near Metropolitan and Second Avenue.

The girl’s father, Ricardo, got choked up reliving the moment when he saw his daughter bleeding in the front passenger seat of the car.

"My little girl looks up and one of the bullets hit her near the heart,” the father said. “She said, 'They killed me! They killed me!' And I told her, ‘You're not dead. God is with you.’”

The bullet grazed the little girl's left breast bone. Doctors say if it had gone in at a slightly different angle, it could have hit her in the heart and killed her.

No one else was injured. Police are still searching for the gunman.


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