[UPDATE: July 7, 2020]
Following a horrific Houston shooting over the fourth of July weekend, Rickey Smiley’s daughter has spoken out after being caught in the crossfire.
Aaryn Smiley was reportedly shot while trying to get food at a Whataburger restaurant when three stray bullets pierced through a car door.
After successfully having surgery for the injuries she sustained, Aaryn posted an update, sharing her thoughts and releasing an image of the car she sat in that was soiled with blood on her Instagram story
Her father later reposted the image on his Instagram page.
“This is the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me,” she said. “I won’t be out of the hospital for a while nor will I be able to walk for a while due to nerve damage. I'm so sorry if I can’t respond to everyone but please know that I’m thankful for all of the messages."
Police also confirmed that the suspect who fled the scene shot three men, who all survived non-threatening injuries, at a red light following an argument according to AP News.
No arrests have been made.
Rickey Smiley’s daughter Aaryn was reportedly shot over the weekend.
On Monday morning (July 6) the comedian and radio DJ spoke about the horrific incident on his radio program. He also posted on his social media that his youngest daughter was in the crossfire of a shooting while trying to get food from Whataburger in Houston.
In a Facebook video, Smiley said his daughter was shot three times when two people were shooting at each other while innocently waiting at a red light. He thanked everyone for their prayers and God for protecting her.
“My Daughter Got Shot 3 Times,” Smiley wrote. “My youngest daughter @ryn.smiley was shot this past weekend while trying to get food from #Whataburger in #Houston, and I talked about it this morning during @garywdtea’s segment. Thank you to everyone who's keeping her lifted in prayer, and to everyone who has sent well wishes her way.”
In a follow-up Facebook post, Smiley posted that his daughter was still in surgery.
While on his radio show, Smiley said that violence in the Black community needs more attention without discrediting the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people,” he said. “This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I’m with that movement 110 percent and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about.”
It’s unclear what Aaryn Smiley’s status is as of now. Watch Rickey Smiley discuss the shooting below.
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