YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown's Police Chief Robin Lee's used City Council's open forum to ask for help.
The help he and his fellow officers need is information on crimes in the city. In particular, a shooting that's left a 9-year-old in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The father of that little girl today asked people living in Youngstown to be good citizens. To come forward and help police arrest the suspect who shot his daughter as she sat at the dining room table and wrote a letter to her friend Wednesday.
Quention Carter is the father of shooting victim Kathryn Carter, a 3rd grader, "We was inside our home, minding our own business -- stayed up a little late, but we was just being a family like everybody else."
Carter shows me where the stray bullet penetrated his East Judson home early Wednesday, and then the chest of his 9-year-old daughter. The bullet that ripped through the 3rd graders chest just missing her heart...She remains in stable condition at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron.
"Now she has a punctured lung, and they're trying to do the best they can right now at Akron Hospital, and it's crazy because I never know my daughter was gone get hurt like this you know," Carter said.
The family is so thankful for all of the community support, and say their daughter is still struggling to understand how something like this could happen when she felt so safe at home.
"She's in shock right now, but she's real strong, she's a strong young woman. She's dealing with it the best way she can," Carter said.
... And that's why Youngstown's Police Chief and others are asking the community, if they know something about the shooting to step up and say someting, and set aside a long-standing culture of fear.
Janet Tarpley represents the 6th Ward of Youngstown City Council, "We can't keep living like this. Right now it's a 9-year-old. Before we had some seniors. When are we going to be so fed-up as a community that we just say enough is enough?"
Reverend Kenneth Simon is the Pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church and a member of the Crime Stoppers Board, "We have to look at it from the perspective of what if it was my child? What if this was someone from my family? I would want someone to step forward."
... Or in the words of a father just wanting to protect his little girl....
"Please come forward. You need to be adults, or just be human beings," Quentin Carter said.
If you have any information about this crime authorities are urging you to call Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE. All tips will remain anonymous.