A 9-year-old girl shot at mall while waiting to see Easter Bunny

A 9-year-old girl was shot in a California mall on Tuesday, April 12, and it has now been revealed that she was waiting in line to visit the Easter Bunny when she was wounded by three stray gunshots.

According to authorities and the victim’s grandmother, Ava Chruniak was hit by bullets allegedly fired by Marqel Cockrell, 20, a shoe store owner at the Mall of Victor Valley, who was chasing away two shoplifters.

“Cockrell’s shots missed the shoplifters and instead hit the 9-year-old female victim,” the Victorville Police Department said in a statement.

9-year-old girl shot at mall while waiting to see Easter Bunny

Ava suffered a broken arm, according to a GoFundMe page that was raising money for her hospital bills.

9-year-old girl shot at mall while waiting to see Easter Bunny

Ava was said to be in stable condition and was pictured smiling from her hospital bed.

“No child deserves this she was at the mall going for Easter pictures with the bunny she such a sweet loving girl and loves reading her books,” her mother, Natalie, wrote in the fundraising page.

9-year-old girl shot at mall while waiting to see Easter Bunny

Cockrell was arrested after he fled to Nevada following the shooting, police said. He is facing an attempted murder charge.

9-year-old girl shot at mall while waiting to see Easter Bunny

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