A five-year-old girl who was shot while visiting her grandmother on Christmas Eve is still recovering in the hospital and family members say her condition is improving.
Tenika Debrouce remains at Children's of Alabama Hospital where she is being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Her grandmother, Helen Davis, says Tenika and six other children were visiting her north Birmingham home when someone fired shots into the house and her car around 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Relatives say a single bullet critically injured Tenika, tearing two holes in her stomach and also hitting her intestines.
Tenika is expected to be moved from critical care to the burn unit at Children's of Alabama Hospital sometime Thursday, according to Davis. She will likely have to stay in the hospital for several weeks.
"They are going to be moving her out of ICU to the burn unit. The reason they are they are keeping an eye and packing those wounds in her stomach," Davis said. She added that a tube was being removed from Tenika's throat today as well.
Tenika's family lives in the Wenonah area and Davis said they were in north Birmingham visiting her for Christmas Eve. Davis was at work at the time, but she said there were other family members at her Collegeville home when the shooting happened. Bullets hit Davis' car, her door and window. One of the bullets that went through the window struck Tenika.
"I lost my mind. I was like why would someone shoot up my house? These people around here have been here a hundred years. They don't bother nobody. They stay to themselves. I say to myself and this is a quiet neighborhood," Davis said.
Davis and other relatives are asking that the shooter "be a man" and come forward. So far, there are no suspects in custody in connection to the shooting.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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