They were getting ready to leave, so Patterson began trying to round her up.
“I was looking for her so I could tell her to go get her things; that’s when the shooting started,” Patterson said. “She wasn’t outside. She wasn’t there.”
When Patterson found the girl, the 11-year-old was clutching Patterson’s 66-year-old mother’s side. Both had been shot. They managed to get inside a nearby home for shelter and were lying on the floor consoling each other.
Shocked, Patterson watched as her daughter coolly and calmly yanked the bullet out of her calf.
“She was talking normally, acting like nothing happened,” Patterson said.
Patterson scooped up her daughter and ran outside, not wanting to wait for an ambulance. A good Samaritan who lives down the street offered to help after hearing the gunshots and people screaming. “He drove us to the hospital,” she said.
Once at Mount Sinai Hospital, emergency room staffers put the grandmother and granddaughter in rooms next to each other.
The girl returned home early the next morning and her grandmother, Bobby Jean Curry, came home two days later, with four holes in her hip.
As she gets back into the real world, her focus remains caring for her grandmother and enjoying her new 12-year-old status.
“She changes her bandages and does everything for her. She can’t move around much,” said Patterson of her mother.