HOUSTON — Comedian Rickey Smiley's daughter is recovering after she was shot while on the way to a Houston Whataburger restaurant late Sunday.
Smiley, who is also a radio host, shared the news about 19-year-old Aaryn in an emotional video posted to social media Monday afternoon.
"I don't know what to do. Can't think straight. Nerves bad. Butterflies in my stomach," he captioned the video, which has drawn more than 71,000 reactions on Facebook.
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Smiley said he was on the way to Houston to see Aaryn, who was in surgery after being caught in the crossfire of a suspected road-rage shooting while stopped at a red light. Houston police said four people suffered gunshot wounds in the incident, according to USA Today.
Through tears, Smiley said he was grateful that his daughter and the other victims survived.
“I want you to see that it’s raw, and it’s real,” he said. “I want you to see what parents have to deal with when their children become victims of gun violence – the raw feeling, the [expletive] you have to go through.”
Later Monday, Smiley said his daughter made it through her surgery.
"She's doing great!!" he wrote in an Instagram post. "Thank you for your prayers!!!!"
Aaryn reflected on the incident in her own tweet Monday night.
“I could’ve lost my life yesterday,” she wrote. “If it was another hollow tip bullet, and the metal didn’t stop it from coming into the car where my head was, I would be dead. I’m so grateful there’s only 4 bullet holes. I’m so grateful that it was a regular bullet and not like the one in my leg.”
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