Neighbor recalls clamor after girl, 7, shot mom
By VERONICA MARTINEZ
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 25, 2008
A suburban Boca Raton woman whose 7-year-old daughter shot her accidentally Friday has been moved from the intensive care unit at Delray Medical Center to its trauma step-down unit and is doing much better, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday night.
Earlier, the next-door neighbor who called 911 recalled the day of the shooting.
Chris Wong, 23, was in his driveway Friday evening, waiting for a friend to arrive, when he saw the daughter of his neighbor, 38-year-old Sharda Brijmohan, run from her house toward him, pleading, "Chris, Chris, come quick, come quick!"
"I didn't think about it twice," Wong said. "I just saw her and followed her."
As he rushed behind, Wong noticed the girl had a gun in her hand, said his father, Morris Wong, 59, speaking for his "too shy" son.
"When he saw the gun, he figured something was terribly wrong," Morris Wong said.
Chris told the girl to put down the gun. She obeyed and laid it on a beige plastic chair sitting just outside her home's front door.
The gun the girl was holding was a Glock 9mm automatic pistol. Moments earlier, she had found it in her parents' bedroom, on a nightstand, while her mother slept. The girl had picked it up and it discharged twice accidentally, hitting her mother in the arm and the neck.
But Chris Wong didn't know this. He just saw Brijmohan struggling as she walked toward the door, blood covering her neck.
"He helped her, called 911, and told the little girl to get some towels to help suppress the blood until medical help would come," Morris Wong said.
Chris said, "I guess I'm glad I happened to be there at the time because nobody else was home to help."
Morris, who spoke to Rabindranauth Brijmohan Sunday regarding his wife's condition, said, "She's definitely better. They expect full recovery."
Meanwhile, authorities say they are at the preliminary stage of the investigation.
"We didn't find any evidence of foul play so as of right now, it does appear accidental," Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, said.
Morris Wong said the father had heard a suspicious noise the night before and had taken out the gun. On Friday morning, he rushed off to work and forgot to lock it away, he said.
"It was terrible that this happened to them," Morris said. The neighbors are friendly and kind, and the daughter is a cheerful and sweet."
"She's a nice little girl, well-behaved. It's not like she's ever used a gun or anything. It was just an unfortunate coincidence that she happened to find it."