RICHMOND (WISH) — A Richmond family is thankful 22-year-old Christina Hampton is alive, after she was shot in the face inside her home in the Robert F. Smith apartment complex. Her 3-year-old daughter was also bound in duct tape on the couch.
Hampton stumbled out of the apartment screaming Tuesday night around 9:30, and neighbors rushed to help. Her cousin Johnny Mae, lives two doors down and came outside to help. Mae said Hampton told her she didn’t know her attackers, but she could recognize them again. Hampton was taken to Reid Hospital, and then transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis.
A neighbor known as “Mr. C.” helped cut the duct tape off the baby girl as neighbors brought her out of the home.
“It was hard because you had to saw it. That’s how much duct tape they put on this baby,” said Mr. C.
Police say the attack was not random, but that doesn’t ease the community’s mind. Many parents worry about their children’s safety because the shooting happened so close to the neighborhood playground.
Family members say Hampton is a hardworking mom who generally keeps to herself. They never expected her to be involved in such an attack.
“Christina was a good person, Christina was I mean she worked, an Earlham college student. She was about her child. And I’ve never had problems with Christina or again, she’s my cousin and I love her to death,” said Mae.
Family members say Hampton is expected to be okay. She was shot near the mouth and in the elbow as she tried to protect her face. The 3-year-old little girl is also doing well, and according to family members is with her father.