Family Of 6-Year-Old Shooting Victim Speaks

An Omaha girl, shot and seriously injured while celebrating her sixth birthday Thursday, has been released from the hospital. Her grandmother, Tillie Fentress, tells WOWT 6 News their family is grateful that Taelor is alive.

"One inch to the left or one inch to the right and we wouldn't have Taelor," said Fentress.

Taelor Fentress was struck by a bullet near North 41st and Ida Streets around 7 p.m. and taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center by private vehicle. She was later transferred to Children's Hospital and Medical Center and has since been released.

Police continue the hunt for the person who fired the gun.

Tillie says their family planned a birthday celebration for Taelor at a friend's house. There were several children in the home.

"They had a swimming pool, everything was in the yard, outdoors, everything was for outdoors play, all her cousins were there," said Fentress.

Due to inclement weather, the party moved inside. Then shots rang out.

A WOWT 6 News crew observed multiple bullet holes in the family's home. Fentress says a bullet went through the house, hitting Taelor in the face. Now Fentress says they regret having the party at the friend's home.

"If my daughter or I had known that this house she was at was a target for violence or whatever she wouldn't have been there."

In an effort to curb any retaliation violence in the area, the Omaha Police Department has increased its patrol presence.

Police have not yet made any arrests; however, they have identified persons of interest. Surveillance video of the suspect's vehicle shows a light-colored SUV.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or you can use the link on the WOWT Crime Stoppers page. Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest.

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