Charae Bonner and her mother sat down Friday in an exclusive interview with FOX 4.
Marilyn Bonner was in the car with her daughter, Charae, and Charae's 4-year-old in the back seat as they sat in the drive-through lane at Jack in the Box near I-35 and Camp Wisdom.
Marilyn noticed police in front of her, and then they heard gunshots. A single bullet went through the passenger side of the windshield, striking Charae beneath the left eye.
"It was a horrible feeling," said Charae. "It didn't burn or nothing, it was just hurting real, real bad."
Police did find that bullet. The family says a detective told them it likely came from a police officer's weapon, but they are still investigating.
"I was scared and worried," said Charae. "I thought my eyeball was fixing to fall out. That's how bad it was and I kept my hand over my eye, and all I could remember was just blood, a whole bunch of blood going through my fingers, and I stayed down on the floor. I was just screaming and saying, ‘Mama, call 911.'"
Charae will go to a retina specialist next week. It's not clear yet if she'll have long-term vision trouble from the injury.
The family has no insurance and no money to pay the mounting medical bills.
FOX 4 asked DeSoto police for an interview Friday with their chief, but we were told he would be unavailable.