“I was sideways like this and it came in like this, right here,” said Rockford resident Alzura Prunty as she recounted the night a bullet shot through her apartment window and struck her in the head.
“They thought it grazed me, but I could feel it in my head,” she said. Prunty was sitting in her apartment at 16th and Parmele on September 24th. Little did she know, an argument broke out at Keye-Mallquist Park about a block away. Shots rang out and a stray bullet struck her in the skull.
Doctors only gave her a 50/50 chance of survival.
“I thank God, I knew it was because of God,” she added. Prunty beat the odds and is now out of the hospital. The suspected shooter is a 14 year-old who’s now in police custody.
“We must forgive him, and we have forgiven him,” said Floyd Prunty, Alzura’s father. He has been by his daughter’s side, helping her recover since the shooting. He says more must be done to prevent violence from happening especially involving young teens.
“Our children are lost, our children are lost, and it starts in the home. I mean we have to be realistic about this, these things start in the home,” he added.
Prunty is now pushing for city leaders and the Rockford community to bring awareness and change to the violence, asking people to speak up.
“They have to come out and they have to know the community, so many people are scared to talk to police,” he said. “Speak to your pastor and he will pass it on to the police department. If you see something, say something, and then the police can do something,” he added.