10-year-old girl shot while sleeping

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 10-year-old girl was shot in her sleep Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened on Bonita Drive several hours after midnight.

Family members said Jeriyah McFarland was sleeping in her bed when the bullet hit her in the arm.

McFarland was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. She has since had surgery and is recovering from her injuries.

Her father said he doesn't know who or why anyone would do this.

"She's a smart and intelligent girl," cousin Alvin Armstrong said. "She likes to dance, read books - she's just a good spirit, a happy spirit."

Armstrong said he's frustrated with all the violence in the neighborhood.

"I was just praying to God that she's OK, because it's just been so much kid violence going on," Armstrong said.

Back in January not far from that scene on Bonita Drive, a 14-year-old girl was shot and killed while washing dishes inside her family's home.

Memphis City Council Chairman Berlin Boyd said it's just another reason council is pushing for preventative technology to help stop crimes.

"We're not saying it's going to end and solve every crime, but it'll actually help prevent certain crimes from happening," Boyd said.

With the council's upcoming budget proposal this April, Boyd said he'll push for shot spotter technology and more cameras.

It's something family members hope comes soon so that another child won't fall victim to senseless crimes

"I'd really like to see more of the crime go down in this neighborhood," Armstrong said.

Police have not released any information on a possible suspect.

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