USA Updates 9-year-old girl shot at California mall waiting to see Easter Bunny
Police and her relatives said a nine-year-old girl who was shot Tuesday night at a California mall received three shots while standing in line to watch the Easter Bunny.
According to police and her grandmother, Little Ava Chruniak was shot at allegedly by 20-year-old Markel Cockerell, a shoe shop owner in the Victor Valley mall, who was targeting two shoppers he was chasing.
“The cockerel’s shots missed shoppers and instead struck the 9-year-old female victim,” the Victorville Police Department said in a statement.
According to Ava, Ava broke her hand. gofundme page who was raising money for his hospital bills.
Ava is said to be in stable condition, and in a photo posted online she showed a wide grin to the camera on her hospital bed.
“No kid deserves that she was going to the mall for Easter pictures with Bunny, she’s such a sweet loving girl and loves to read her books,” her mom, Natalie, said in the fundraising page. written.
Police said Cockerell was arrested after fleeing to Nevada after the shootout. He is facing a charge of attempt to murder.
with ap wires