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21 News Exclusive: 9-year-old Youngstown girl speaks out after being shot

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - At just 9-years-old, Kathryn Carter has a remarkable story of strength and resiliency to tell.

She shows 21 News where she was sitting the night a stray bullet penetrated a window of her south side home, hit her in the back, and then exited through her chest. The bullet hit her rib, and barely missed her heart.

Kathryn says, "I screamed and went under the table. I was kind of scared because it hurt."

Kathryn's mother, Natasha Clark, tells 21 News, "I heard her scream. I ran from the kitchen. I kneeled down and asked her are you okay honey, what's wrong? She was just looking up at me with those scared eyes and she kind of moved enough to where I could see blood on her shirt and I'm like, oh my God, she's been shot!"

After spending more than five full days in the hospital, and as police detectives searched for the person responsible, the 3rd grader at Williamson Elementary School is back home with her family, a family grateful for the community's prayers.

"We were getting a lot of prayers out there, and obviously he heard them, so I'm grateful for all of the support," Clark said.

But this little 9-year-old pillar of strength is not only thankful for those who have prayed for her, she has a strong message for those she feels are careless with guns and bringing violence to the streets.

"I would basically tell them to stop shooting. Sometimes when you shoot guns you might hurt somebody," Kathryn said.

Kathryn also made a special handwritten note for 21 News that says: "I'm 9-years-old, and I got shot, and I survived the gun shot!"

Kathryn says she's not afraid to be back home. Instead, she's having fun with her brother, and can't wait to go back to school.

At this point, Youngstown police detectives have arrested a man on weapons related charges, but are still trying to determine whether or not he's responsible for the 9-year-old's shooting.

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