Calif. Girl, 14, Shot Twice Shielding Baby Nephew From Gunfire in Drive-By Shooting

De Je Brewer, 14, shows one of her gunshot wounds.
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One California teen is being called a hero after she shielded her baby nephew with her body when gunfire rained on the family’s SUV, ABC 7 reports.

De Je Brewer was sitting in the back of her family’s SUV in South Los Angeles with her aunt’s 10-month-old son Wednesday night when the shooting happened.


“I didn’t know what to do, and then I felt something hit my arm. I touched it and it was blood,” the brave 14-year-old told ABC. “So I tried to cover the baby, and I laid over him.”

De Je was hit in her arm and in her back, the bullet just missing her lung. The baby was unharmed.


“I’m blessed,” De Je said, according to NBC Washington.

De Je is originally from the city of Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County, where she’s in the ninth grade and a straight-A student. She was in South L.A. for a funeral.


De Je’s aunt Donna Brooks believes it was a random shooting. “I think it was just something random, and it didn’t make a difference who it was. They just wanted to inflict pain on someone,” Brooks said.

The assailant’s car was described as a dark-green Pontiac Grant Prix with silver rims. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department.


Read more at ABC 7 and NBC Washington.

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