A 14-year-old girl is being hailed a hero for shielding her baby nephew with her body when someone opened fire on the SUV they were in.
De Je Brewer was sitting in the back of her family's Ford Explorer with her aunt's 10-month-old son in South Los Angeles Wednesday night when gunfire erupted.
‘I didn't know what to do, and then I felt something hit my arm. I touched it and it was blood,' Brewer told a local station. ‘So I tried to cover the baby, and I laid over him.’
One bullet struck De Je in here arm and another went through her back, narrowly missing her lung. Her nephew was not harmed.
'I’m blessed,' the brave teenager told NBC.
Brewer recalled that in the moment, she did not feel anything because of the shock. It was not until later that the pain came.
De Je Brewer, a ninth-grader and straight-A student from Twentynine Palms, traveled to South LA this week with her family to attend a funeral, reported ABC 7 Eyewitness News.
The girl and her relatives were sitting in the SUV parked in a driveway on West 59th Street at around 9pm waiting for De Je's sister when the shooting took place.
Brewer's aunt Donna Brooks said the suspects pulled up next to the Ford Explorer in a dark-green Pontiac Grand Prix with silver rims and opened fire.
‘I think it was just something random, and it didn't make a difference who it was. They just wanted to inflict pain on someone,’ said the aunt.
As of Friday morning, police have not identified the suspects. Anyone with information on the drive-by shooting is being asked to contact the LAPD.