Houston teen grateful to be alive after being shot dead by two women while walking home during robbery

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Houston police are still searching for two women accused of robbing and shooting a teenage girl as she was walking home from work.

In an exclusive interview with an interpreter, 17-year-old Yessica Pineda told ABC13 that she suffered serious injuries after being shot three times in the legs on the night of March 18.

It happened after 9 p.m. while walking home near Beechnut and Corporate Drive.

Pineda says she left her homeland of El Salvador 11 months ago to live with her sister and escape the kidnappings and violence back home.

She said she never imagined she would endure violence in Houston, where her sister and family have lived for five years.

Pineda says she is in pain but manages to smile after the horrific ordeal as she walks home from work.

The teenager’s legs are wrapped in bandages and gauze after the operation. She says she now uses a walker after a bullet shattered a bone in her left leg.

Pineda said she left work and walked a short distance to her house, a walk she reportedly takes every night. She said she noticed a car drive past her but kept walking.

She said moments later two women approached her.

Pineda says the women asked for money and were initially hesitant. Then one of the women pointed a gun at her back.

Pineda says the suspects fled with her backpack, cell phone and $300 in cash, but then things escalated.

She says one of the women shot her several times after she started screaming.

The teenager told ABC13 that she lay bruised and bleeding on Corporate Drive for several minutes as motorists drove past her.

She says a driver finally pulled over and called the police for help.

Clara Pineda Urias says she called her sister’s cellphone after noticing a heavy police presence outside her complex.

Urias said it wasn’t her sister on the other end of the phone, but one of the suspects who said her sister was shot dead in the street.

She says the suspect also told her Pineda should have handed over her things “quicker.”

Pineda says the road to recovery will be long, but despite the pain and agony she has been through, her injuries could have been worse and she is grateful to be alive.

Houston police told ABC 13 there had been no arrests in the case.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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