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15-year-old girl speaks out after friend accidentally shoots her

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15-year-old Ronniesha Hart 15-year-old Ronniesha Hart

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A 15-year-old girl is speaking out for the first time after she was accidentally shot in the back by another teenager.

Ronniesha Hart and her family are thankful she is alive after she was shot in the back, Wednesday afternoon. "I'm in pain right now," said Hart. "There's a bullet in my back, I can't move."

Hart, her little sister and a friend were playing outside a home along Northeast 43rd Street, near Second Avenue, when a 15-year-old boy stopped by with a gun and told them not to worry because the safety was on. Hart said, "I was just sitting there, and I was telling him, 'Put the gun away, stop playing with it,' and it go off by mistake, and shot me in my back."

Surveillance video from a house across the street showed the boy arriving at the home. Witnesses said the teenage boy took off after the shooting, but police caught up with him nearby.

The boy's mother said before he was arrested, the boy had stopped home. The mother said she still has no idea where he got the gun from. "The only thing he say to me is, 'Ma, I'm sorry. I didn't mean it.' that's what he kept telling me," said the boy's mother, Lashonda Hill.

Hart's family said while the shooting may have been accidental, it does not excuse what happened. "My children could have lost their life," said the victim's mother, Janita Boatman. "There is no restitution for my daughter's life."

In court Wednesday, the boy's mother showed up on his behalf. Prosecutors said the teen found the gun on a sidewalk. They are now trying to determine whether he will be charged as an adult.

"He needs some counseling," offered Boatman. "I think he needs to be counseled. Someone needs to talk to him and let him know about the seriousness of carrying a gun, the things that can happen, the consequences. See, they only think for the moment. They only thinking for the moment. They don't think about what is going to happen later."

Hill said she hopes the Hart's can forgive her son. "I am very sorry, very sorry to her and her family," she said, "and please trust and believe my son is not that type of person."

"There are people who shouldn't play with guns, especially people who are not aware and don't know how to use them," said Hart.

The boy could face several charges, including battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Doctors said Hart could be released from the hospital as soon as Saturday.

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