WASHINGTON - A 13-year-old girl is out of the hospital and recovering after being shot over the weekend as she was walking home from the library.
Taije Chambliss was wounded along with another man Sunday evening on 3rd Street in Southwest D.C. It happened across the street from the Southwest Neighborhood Library where she was doing her homework.
The teenager was released from Children’s National Medical Center Monday and she has been begging her mother to let her go back to school on Tuesday.
“I want to say to the people that have guns and stuff, when they’re trying to hit their target, they’re hitting innocent people,” Chambliss told FOX 5. “And I was horrified, I was hurting, I didn’t know what to do.”
Her mother, Lakisha Chambliss, is hoping people “get serious about getting these guns off the streets. They’re affecting the lives of innocent families … You get information, you see these things happening. Just get serious about getting our streets clean and our community because it is affecting us.”
The family said they want to get out of this neighborhood because they hear gunshots every night.
It was a violent weekend in the District as there were eight total shootings with two people killed. There have been 105 homicides in the city so far this year -- the same number of homicides in all of 2014.
Following the shooting, a high visibility light tower along with cameras have been placed in the area.