A teenage girl was recovering at home Monday after she was shot Friday night during a robbery outside a Saks grocery store.
Anniston police were investigating the incident.
Sgt. Kyle Price said a group of teenagers were in the parking lot of the Pic-N-Sav on U.S. 431 late Friday night when a group of young men approached them with guns and robbed them of their money and cellphones.
One of the victims, a 15-year-old girl whose mother asked that she be referred to by her first name, Jaidyn, said she and two other friends rode to the store that night to pick up another friend when a teenage boy walked up to their car and asked for money.
While they were talking to the boy, Jaidyn said, he pointed a gun into their car. Jaidyn said she yelled for one of her friends to drive away, but the boy jumped into the backseat and several other boys got into the car.
“He kept putting the gun up to my head and my friends’ heads threatening to shoot us,” Jaidyn said.
She said she called 911, trying to hide her phone in her lap, but was spotted by one of the boys.
“He said, “Who you calling?’ and started beating on me with his gun,” she said.
Jaidyn said the boy then reached into the back floorboard and took her friend’s purse. She said he demanded her phone, which she hung up before giving to him, and he threw it away. Then, she said, he pointed the gun downwards and it went off; the boys then fled.
“He had no reason to shoot me. I still don’t know why,” she said. “I don’t know if he did it on purpose.”
At first, Jaidyn said, she didn’t think she had been shot. She felt an excruciating pain in her foot, but didn’t see any blood when she looked down. It wasn’t until she lifted her foot up that she saw it and panicked.
Jaidyn’s mother, Kristyn Eudes, said her friend sped off, driving until they found a woman and asked her to call 911. An ambulance took Jaidyn to Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Eudes said.
Jaidyn said Monday her foot was in a splint after surgery Saturday. Later this week, she said, doctors plan to put a cast on it.
Jaidyn only saw the faces of three of the four boys who robbed them, she said, but they didn’t appear to be older than 18. She said she struggled to grasp how anyone her age could do this.
As of Monday, Price said, police had developed “persons of interest” and spoken to a few of them, but had made no arrests.
If arrested, the men could be charged with first degree robbery, a Class A felony that could result in life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $60,000 upon conviction.