The 13-year-old girl gunned down in a ‘targeted attack’ on a suburban home was with her cousin at the time of the shooting, a relative said.
A gunman fired a hail of bullets into the home Val Weldon was in at Guildford, western Sydney, on Tuesday night – one of the five bullets striking her in the leg.
The shooter fled the scene in a silver SUV and police are yet to find the mystery gunman.
Police said the shooting was not random and that was ‘atrocious’ a teenage girl – not believed to be the target – had been hurt.
The bullet struck one of Ms Weldon’s arteries, her aunt said. But the teen was still chipper enough to post to social media after surgery on Wednesday.
Val Weldon, 13, (centre) was shot in the leg after a gunman fired five bullets into a Guildford home on Tuesday evening
Doing OK: Ms Weldon posted a video of her leg after hours of surgery on Wednesday
Blood-stained cement out the front of the home where Ms Weldon was shot on Tuesday night
‘Getting shot in the leg feels fineeeee,’ she captioned a video – alongside a pained emoji – just hours after her brush with death.
The high school student is now in a stable condition at the Westmead Children’s Hospital.
‘She (doesn’t) even know the people at the house,’ a family member claimed., although reports said her cousin was also in attendance.
Her mother was quoted telling the Daily Telegraph: ‘She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
This is the home where the shooting occurred. Police said it a ‘targeted’ attack
The 13-year-old was shot in the thigh, when a car drove past and shot at the home in Constance Street in Guildford, western Sydney at 9.45pm
Police taped off the double-storey home where the attack occurred yesterday.
The driveway was stained with blood.
Ms Weldon’s relative said the girl was on curfew and was not supposed to be leaving the house at night.
‘Why is Val in Guildford, 20 suburbs away (from where she lives)?’ the relative asked.
‘She is lucky to be alive.
‘The bullet went through her leg … she went through surgery for eight hours.’
Doctors are now concerned about the possibility of blood clots.
A teenage girl has been shot during a drive-by shooting
The girl was shot late on Tuesday night about 11pm on Constance Street in Guildford, western Sydney
Police and emergency services are at the scene of the shooting
Neighbours have come out onto the street to speak to police about the incident while traffic is diverted away from the scene
An ambulance was seen driving away from Constance Street with its sirens blaring
Diane, who lives nearby, said she ‘heard a big bang, it sounded like fireworks’
Neighbours in Guildford said they heard ‘five or six pops’ about 9.45pm on Tuesday as the gunman fired on the garage.
The girl was sitting inside with a group of people.
‘There were just sounds of screams,’ a neighbour said.
‘It was pandemonium.’
Diane, who lives nearby, said she ‘heard a big bang, it sounded like fireworks’.
‘It was like a couple of bangs, like three or four bangs.
‘I got scared, and later on I came out. I seen all police cars everywhere. They blocked the street off.’
She said she could hear about three or four bangs from the street outside
Diane said after she came outside she could see scores of people and police officers
Another neighbour said she was sitting at home watching television when she heard ‘five or six pops’
She said her and her partner could hear screaming so they immediately went outside
Another neighbour recalled telling her partner: ‘That didn’t sound like a car backfiring, that sounded like gunshots’.
‘We heard a bit of screaming… down the street there’s ambos coming up and down.
‘It’s the sort of area where it happens all the time.
‘It’s another night in Guildford,’ she said.