One month after shooting, woman still hospitalized — with no answers

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CHICAGO -- It has been one month since 28-year-old Takita Harris became a victim of violence after a man ran out of am alley shooting at another man, hitting her by accident, according to witness Stanley Brown.

“Dude just came and just shot, and she was on the ground, everybody was out here crying and everything," Brown recounted.

Harris was shot in the face. Her family says the bullet blasted through her jaw and severed her spine. She remains hospitalized after several surgeries.

“She was at the wrong place at the wrong time, probably mistaken identity," said Katie Harris, Harris’s grandmother.

At the corner where it happened, a scrap of the police tape from the crime scene flaps in breeze, a reminder that the shooter, is still in the wind.

On Sunday, Harris's family, flanked by the The Rev. Paul Jakes, Congressman Danny Davis and other political and religious leaders, made a public plea for more people to come forward and help solve this and other violent crimes in the city.

“If we don't ever start saying something, we're not ever going to correct the problem. I don't know what we mean when we say keep silent," said Emma Mitts, alderman of the city’s 37th Ward.

Said U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Chicago, “There is too much silence in our communities, too much silence in our neighborhoods."

“We need the help of our community to come forth with any and all information in regards to this shooting," said Rev. Jakes of New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church.

Congressman Danny Davis says one solution is to strengthen police recruiting efforts in neighborhoods, so officers would patrol neighborhoods in which they live.

Reverent Jakes said two specific measures could help curb violence: more gun "buy back" programs and more and city security cameras in violent neighborhoods.

The family has hired a private investigator, who will take anonymous tips at 847-579-9771.

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