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Drive-by Shooting Sends 3 Children to the Hospital

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A drive by shooting earlier this week sends three children to the hospital.  The oldest child was released today, but the shooter is still on the loose.

"Why did you have to shoot three innocent children at home in bed asleep," asks Velma Ayers, the children’s great-grandmother.

Three children were shot inside this house late Tuesday night in West Jackson.  The family tells News Channel 12 the kids are recovering well, but still need additional medical care.

"They are doing good.  They are all going to have to have multiple surgeries,” explains Ayers.

Six-year-old Zakerianna Jefferson was shot in her foot, five-year-old Ahziatan Jalen Powell was shot in his left shoulder, and three-year-old Coriann Igbody was shot in the hip.  Ayers says the kids are confused as to why this happened.

"They’re devastated right now.  The oldest one is six and she wants to know why did they shoot me, why did it happen to her,” recalls Ayers.

Ayers lives down Camilla Drive from where the children were shot.  Now she says they don't feel safe living there.

"She can't stand to go back in there, so she's planning on moving from there but we don't know where yet,” continues Ayers.

The person who shot the children is still on the run.  Ayers says she just wants justice.

"I just hope whoever did this they get caught and punished for what they've done to my kids,” adds Ayers.

According to neighbors, the suspect was driving a black car while shooting at least 15 times into the family's home.

Once arrested, the suspect will be charged with multiple felonies, including shooting into an occupied dwelling and three counts of aggravated assault.

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