ORLANDO, Fla. - A 15-year-old Orlando girl is fighting to survive after she was shot in the head while in the back seat of her family's minivan, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
But around 6:30 p.m., deputies
Sampson's father tried to escape the
When they turned around, Sampson's parents found her slumped over in the back seat of their van.
The teen was taken to Arnold Palmer's Children Hospital with a bullet lodged in her brain. She remains in critical condition.
WFTV's Nancy Alvarez spoke with Sampson's family.
The teenager's family is asking for prayers and for the community's help to catch the people who opened fire.
Sampson is a basketball player at Apopka High School, where she is scheduled to start her sophomore year in a couple of weeks.
A search is
"This is an incident that should outrage the community, and we are asking for everyone's help to find out whoever did this to this poor family," said Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
WFTV spoke to Sampson's sister.
"I am in a state of
"These young guys who don't have much to look forward
Detectives said they are looking for a tan sedan and
Initial information indicated one of the vehicles driven by a
"They were doing nothing more than leaving church and celebrating a mother's birthday, and now a 15-year-old daughter is in the
The family has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMELINE at 407-423-TIPS.
In the meantime, friends have set up a Facebook group in Sampson's memory.
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