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1-year-old girl hit in the face by stray bullet in Bronx leaves hospital 4 months after shooting
VALHALLA, Westchester County (WABC) — A one-year-old girl who was shot in the face in the Bronx was released from hospital on Friday nearly four months after the horrific crime.

Baby Catherine left Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla with her grateful parents, Miraida Gomez and Gregory Arias, who spoke outside.

“Our beautiful miracle baby,” Gomez said. “It’s been a long journey, but in the end it’s light at the end of the tunnel… We’re definitely happy, we can’t wait to start this new chapter of our lives, and just happy that everyone can attend a miracle.”

The shooting happened on January 19 when the girl was inside a parked car with her mother while her father walked into a delicatessen.

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It was then that she was hit by a stray bullet from a gunman who was shooting at someone else. The bullet hit Catherine near her ear and exited through the top of her head, and the brain damage resulted in a stroke.

“I don’t think I could describe my emotions (of that day) in one go because there was a lot going on,” Gomez said. “I felt a little numb, and I was just more inclined to be by his side no matter what. Today is bittersweet.”

The family leaves the hospital and speaks to the media:

The family said they have come a long way.

“At the start, we really didn’t know what the outcome would be after his injury,” Gomez said. “It was really dark. It was like there was a dark cloud over us…She was intubated. She was sedated. She had a feeding tube. She was practically paralyzed from one side of her body because of the injury, and here we are. She is walking, what they told us might not happen. I want to say that her journey was also miraculous compared to what we were told. always said, and we’re just happy to share that with everyone.

Arias said that despite everything, they realize how lucky they really are.

“I think it was difficult because everyone is a parent,” he said. “No one wants to imagine something like this happening to their child. So (the support) was great. It’s still amazing because watch the show about it. We’re lucky to have it and grateful to always be with her. Since her injury, some parents haven’t been so lucky.”

The shooter fled on foot and has still not been found.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett after the shooting, vowing the shooter would be arrested.

“You might keep going out and think you’re going to get through this, but you’re not going to get out of this,” she said. “We’ll find you eventually, because we won’t stop looking.”

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Police have released surveillance video showing the shooting and the gunman can be seen running down the street in a chaotic scene.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Police are looking for both the shooter and the other person who was his target.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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