Sister of 10-year-old boy who was shot tried to shield him from bullets

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 07:49:22-04

CINCINNATI -- Damiah Davis said she held her little brother and prayed as he bled out from gunshot wounds.

Police said someone fired 10 shots from a car in Avondale Saturday, hitting 10-year-old Christopher Foree in the neck and hand as he was walking along Forest Avenue with his sister.

Davis, an adult with her own child, said she tried to shield Foree from the gunfire.

“I pushed my brother down so he wouldn’t be a target, but I guess it was too late because I seen blood, I seen him holding his neck, and I’m like, ‘Man, my brother, my little brother is shot. Like, why not me,’” Davis said.

Foree didn't die. Emergency crews took him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he is recovering.

Alexandrea Thompson, 9, was shot and killed in a home on Burnet Avenue in January. No arrests have been made.

The shooting comes less than four months after 9-year-old Alexandrea Thompson was shot and killed in a home on Burnet Avenue -- just five miles from Forest Avenue.

Thompson was an “exceptional” student at Mount Auburn International Academy. Her teachers said she had an infectious smile.

RELATED: 3 months after Alexandrea Thompson's death, community hasn't forgotten her

Despite a reward that now exceeds $12,000 and about a dozen tips to Crime Stoppers, police haven't made any arrests in Thompson’s case.

Similar to the way Thompson was shot, Davis said her brother’s shooting seemed to happen “for no reason.”

Witnesses told police whoever fired the shots wasn't aiming at anyone in particular, Sgt. Eric Franz said.

“One of the callers said that the car was driving randomly down the street, and it seemed like the shots were being fired randomly out of the car,” Franz said.

Davis said she knows the situation could have been much worse.

"I'm thanking God that he's been there with us because it could have been worse you know, and my brother is still here. I'm just thankful, very thankful that he's still here,” Davis said.

Police officials said they are still looking for a silver Nissan Altima they believe was involved in Saturday’s shooting. Suspect descriptions are unknown at this time. They ask anyone with information in Foree or Thompson’s shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.