Father of 6-year-old shooting victim: The worst part is over

Father says 6-year-old shot is recovering after being shot (VIDEO)

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - The father of a 6-year-old girl shot in Avondale on Sunday says she is making progress at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Right now Antonio Hinkler says his daughter China Kinebrew is temporarily paralyzed and lost one of her eyes after taking two bullets, one to the temple and another to the chest which lodged in her spine according to her doctors.

"She's eating now. She's talking. She's moving. The worst part is over," said Hinkler

On Sunday, a man fired several rounds on Harvey Avenue while 6-year-old China and her 7-year-old sister were riding their bikes down the sidewalk. Police say their brother's father who was walking them to a nearby gas station to get air in their bike tires may have been the intended target.

"If I could, I would take all her pain away. Just put it on me. Tasha would too. It's just sad to see a child go through that and be a part of that scenario and there is nothing you can do about it," said Hinkler.

"She is such a beautiful little girl and I can't imagine the pain that he's going through right now and her family," said Amber Bunch, Hinkler's friend and co-worker.

Bunch says she heard what happened through a Facebook video posted by Hinkler. In the video recording just hours after the shooting at the hospital, an emotional Hinkler describes his daughter's condition. So far, the video has been viewed more than 10,000 times.

Bunch, a mother herself says she immediately got to work planning a fundraiser at Winton Woods July 22.The response she says has been overwhelming.

"There are just so many people out there in the world right now that don't care about stuff like this and it's heart wrenching but then it shocks you because there are still so many good people out there," said Bunch.

Bunch says the fundraiser will include live bands, face painting, games and booths from local businesses. All donations received will go to China's medical and living expenses once she is released from the hospital. A GoFundMe page has already raised more than $2,000 in just 5 days.

Despite such a violent act, her father says the help of friends and strangers are getting them through.

"Words can't really describe how I feel about what happened and to the person who did it but I know God is watching over all of us and he's going to take care of it," said Hinkler.

If you have any information that can help authorities find the person who shot China call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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