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11-Year-Old awoken by Gunshot to the Chest Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:00

Carline PintoOn the night of Friday, August 10th, Arlene Banner and her eight children went to sleep under the shelter of their home. Their sleep was disturbed by officers of the Gang Suppression Unit sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. The officers asked the whereabouts of one of Banner’s sons by using his nickname. She explained that he was not there and he had not been living there for a while. She opened the doors to the officers and they took a quick look before they left. The family then went back to sleep.

About two hours later, 4:55 a.m., the family’s sleep was disturbed once again, this time by the sound of gunshots. 18-year-old Tyrone Pinto was sharing the lower level of a bunk bed with his 11-year-old sister, Carline Pinto, when he heard the sound of gunshots coming from nearby. He heard his sister cry out and realized that the bullets were a threat to them. As he tried to pull his sister to safety, he was struck by a bullet to the left knee. Tyrone Pinto fell to the floor unable to pull his little sister off the bed. The gunman continued shooting in one general area. Carline Pinto fell to the floor a few seconds after her older brother but by then she was already been hit multiple times. After the shots stopped, Tyrone managed to drag Carline outside the room. Their older brother, Charles cried out to their mother and shouted to the neighbours for help. Arlene Banner, who thought the shooter was targeting someone near the house, was struck by the realization that it was her children who were under fire. A neighbor rushed to assist the family in his minivan and transported the injured children to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Carline received gunshot injuries to her chest, stomach, shoulder and right foot. Doctors of the KHMH were able to stabilize her after conducting life saving operations. She remains under close observation and is still in a critical condition. Tyrone was treated and released for his injury to the left knee. Police continues their investigation into the shooting. Mobile patrol was in the area and responded to the scene in less than three minutes. While police continues to follow leads, Banner’s family is now living in fear. The most immediate fear is that of possibly losing Carline. The most overwhelming fear is returning to the bed every night in that house.