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UPDATE: Classmates of Girl Shot in Head Hold Fundraiser

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UPDATE 4/16/2014 10:00 AM

It's been three months since an accidental shooting injured Natasha Ankrom.

St. Marys High School's student council hosted the school's first fundraiser for her Tuesday night.

Ten percent of the money made at Wendy's between 4 and 8 p.m. Tuesday goes towards Natasha's medical bills.

While 100 percent of the proceeds from a raffle, face painting, visit with the Easter bunny and the prize wheel goes straight to the Natasha Ankrom fund.

Teachers and student council members made it success after six weeks of planning.

Best friends Mollie Bills and Cheyenne Girard collected money outside the drive thru window as well.

"Seeing her in the hospital was pretty hard, heartbreaking cause you know just whenever she was in there," says Bills. "She was looking all banged up and everything and it was just hard, and it was scary. I wanted to cry myself to sleep every night."

Natasha's recovery has been slow.

She's out of the hospital now but underwent outpatient surgery Tuesday.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, $600 had already been raised.


UPDATE 3/10/2014 10:30 AM

A month and a half after a St. Marys teen was shot in the head by a stray bullet, members of the community came together Sunday to raise money for her and her family.

Fifteen year old Natasha Ankrom is still recovering from the January 29th accident, but made an appearance at a spaghetti dinner at the St. Marys Marina Sunday afternoon put together by friends, family and community members to help her family with medical and travel expenses.

Over 100 people showed up to eat dinner, participate in raffles and even show off some moves on the dance floor.

Organizer Holly Jemison is thankful for all of the help from the community.

"We made the event up on Facebook and it's just kind of grown from there," says Jemison. "We got a tremendous number of pasta and sauce and the rolls and desserts."

The crew from Air Evac life team even stopped by to pay a visit to Natasha.

They were the ones who air lifted her to the hospital after she was shot.


UPDATE 2/6/2014 4:20 PM

A girl who was accidentally shot in the head last week in Pleasants County is improving.

Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown says Natasha Ankrom is in good condition.

The 15-year-old was hit in the head by a bullet which came through the wall of the home where she was watching TV.

Authorities say it discharged while her neighbor - Robbie Knight - was cleaning his gun.

The Pleasants County Sheriff's Office says the incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.


UPDATE 2/5/2014 10:10 AM

An update on the teen shot last week in Pleasants County.

Authorities say the girl is still in the hospital recovering, but is doing okay.

The exact cause of the shooting is still under investigation.

No charges have been filed.


UPDATE 1/31/2014 5:00 PM

A community of support.

Students and administration at St. Marys High School are all rallying around a teen in the days following an accidental shooting.

Wednesday night 15-year-old Natasha Ankrom was shot in the head by a stray bullet accidentally fired from another home.

Something like this is never easy.

But guidance counselors at St. Marys High School say the students are supporting each other and this teen as she recovers.

After the shooting Wednesday night, word spread quickly.

That next morning administrators gathered before school at St. Marys to prepare emotionally and be diligent about stopping any rumors and helping upset students.

Guidance counselors say even though they were upset they were immediately trying to find ways to help.

A community counseling group and the psychologist for the county was also available to the students.

The incident is still under investigation.

Investigators say that .40 caliber bullet came from across the street.

It discharged while her neighbor, Robbie Knight was cleaning his gun.


UPDATE 1/30/2014 4:10 PM

Still under investigation.

That's all sheriffs deputies are saying about Wednesday's shooting in Pleasants County.

It happened in a mobile home court.

The sheriff's department has not released the name of the victim, who is a juvenile.

A 15-year-old girl was struck in the head by a bullet which came through the wall of the home where she was watching TV.

She was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Investigators say a .40 caliber bullet came from across the street.

It discharged while Robbie Knight was cleaning his gun.


UPDATE: 1/29/14 10:41 PM

A Pleasants County teenager fights for her life following what police call an accidental shooting.

The shooting happened at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Cloverdale Estates.

State Police say 36-year-old Robbie Knight was inside his home getting ready to clean his .40 caliber pistol, when it accidentally discharged.

The bullet traveled through the wall in his home, into a neighbor's home, striking a 15-year-old girl in the head.

She was sitting down, watching television at the time.

The girl was flown by medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

“My friend just called and told me what was going on and I had no idea,” says neighbor Amanda Shultz. “We didn't hear anything; I didn't see anything – and when I looked outside I was like 'WOW,' this is not good at all because I seen the ambulance and the cop cars. I was like, 'what happened' and she told me on the phone and I was like 'this poor little girl.' I just hope she's okay.”

Shultz says she's getting everybody in her family and friends to pray for the girl. She's known her for a while now and sees her in the summer playing and walking up and down the street.

“It's just so sad,” she says.

The West Virginia State Police tells WTAP News the teenager was still in surgery as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, and is listed in critical condition.

Her name is being withheld pending notification of family.

Pleasants County deputies, and the WVSP Crime Scene Response Team are investigating to determine if charges will be filed.


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