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Mayor McNally gives 9-year-old shooting victim key to the city

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A 9-year-old little girl shot by a stray bullet last week visits her classmates for the first time since getting out of the hospital.

But as Kathryn Carter, a 3rd grader at Williamson Elementary School was greeted by her classmates and teachers, she received a surprise honor from Youngstown's Mayor.

Mayor John McNally presented Kathryn with a key to the City of Youngstown and a certificate of recognition, acknowledging that the City of Youngstown is proud of her "bravery and courage."

Kathryn who did a one-on-one interview with 21 News on Thursday said, she is happy she survived and thinks the gun violence should stop.

The little girl was shot inside her south side home during the early morning hours last Wednesday as she sat at her dining room table writing a letter to a friend.

A bullet came through the dining room window into a wooden dining room chair where she was sitting, hit Kathryn in the back and exited through her chest.  The bullet hit her rib and barely missed her heart.

The victim's parents say she immediately went to the floor and they moved her into the living room and called 911.  She spent five full days in the hospital and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Neighbors believe the random gunfire was coming from a nearby field.  Youngstown Police Detectives have confiscated two guns and charged a man with weapons violations.  They're trying to determine whether or not the young man has anything to do with the 9-year-old's shooting.

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