‘The karma is real, it’s going to get you’: Teenager overcomes tragedy after being shot at East Garfield Park last year

CHICAGO (CBS) – As we head into another holiday weekend, there’s a sad reality facing Chicago. The youngest, most innocent victims become the unwitting targets of gun violence.

CBS 2’s Steven Graves talks to a young girl going through her tragedy and has a message for anyone considering picking up a gun.

When Ayonna Fleming, 15, is in pain, she puts the pain to music.

Her song still resonates since she was shot twice in the legs last Labor Day weekend.

“Recently, something happened where my family wanted to do something on the 4th of July, but then I was like, ‘I’m not going.’ Two was good enough for me. I don’t don’t need any more shots coming,” she said.

Ayonna and her younger brother were both innocent victims when someone fired shots at a back-to-school event in East Garfield Park.

Ayonna Flemming was taken to hospital with two gunshot wounds to her ankle and calf after someone walked past and fired shots – hitting her and her 12-year-old half-brother in the 2900 block of West Fulton in the East Garfield Park area.

The target, a rapper — BadBoy VT — was hit six times.

“I can be outside and have a really bad feeling and be like ‘I have to go’.”

Children even taunt her at school.

“There were situations at school where they were like, ‘That’s why you got shot.’ and I get really, really crazy.”

A tragedy in a single moment that turned his life and that of his family upside down.

We often see it over holiday weekends as shooters recklessly fire bullets – hitting children.

On July 4, 2020, police say a gang dispute led to Natalia Wallace, 7, is shot in the head and killed while playing in a front yard in Austin. Three men were arrested.

Ayonna says that to people who are considering getting a gun this upcoming vacation.

“Don’t do that stuff. Because ultimately karma is real, it will come and get you no matter what.”

Despite her injuries, the teenager dances, cheers, performs and goes to the gym.

She passed the courses with honors and even earned a superlative “Most likely to win a Grammy”.

“Just stay positive, do it and I’ll be fine.”

Create your own rhythms to navigate life and help others.

No one has been arrested in the Ayonna shooting.


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