Houston crime: Ashanti Grant, 9, injured in street shooting in southwest Houston is improving

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A 9-year-old girl who was shot in an apparent road rampage in southwest Houston appears to be improving, according to her family.

Ashanti Grant, a fourth-grader at Savannah Lakes Elementary School in Brazoria County, has been medically comatose for several days since undergoing surgery following the shooting.

The shooting happened at 9pm at 9800 Southwest Freeway, when a family of four – Ashanti, her mother, her father and 11-year-old brother – were in a Tahoe going to the grocery store.

Police believe they were heading north on the freeway when they were caught between a white truck and another vehicle that appeared to be racing.

One of the drivers, believed to be riding in a white GMC Denali, cut the front end of the family car several times. Denali then got behind the family car and someone inside Denali opened fire, wounding the girl in the head, police said.

Now, days since the shooting happened, Ashanti’s family has received the good news that the pressure around her brain has dropped. Since the news of her injury broke, she has received a lot of support and love from people in Houston and around the world.

Ashanti’s friends and classmates got together on Saturday to support the family and each other.

“We had a group project,” said Baylee, one of Ashanti’s classmates.

Ashanti’s classmates said school wouldn’t be the same without their friend with a bright smile.

“Me and a few of my friends, we made cards for her so they could take them to the hospital,” Mickensie said.

While Ashanti continued his fight, a GoFundMe was set up to help her family pay for housing and medical expenses as her parents continued to be by her side.

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