Comedian Rickey Smiley gives thanks for the outpouring of support after his teenage daughter was shot three times in an alleged road rage incident
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Comedian Rickey Smiley is giving thanks for all of the outpouring of support, and expressing his anger, over the shooting of his 19-year-old daughter Aaryn Smiley in Houston Sunday night.
The Baylor University student was reportedly a passenger in a car when she was caught in the middle of an alleged road rage incident, involving two other vehicles, while waiting at a red light and was hit three times.
After some extremely tense and terrifying hours, Smiley took to Instagram Monday afternoon to reveal his ‘daughter made it out of her operation’ and that ‘she’s doing great!! Thank you for your prayers!!!!’
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Tragic: Comedian Rickey Smiley revealed his 19-year-old daughter Aaryn was shot three times in an alleged road rage incident in Houston Sunday night
The stand-up comedian and actor, 51, revealed on his radio show early Monday that Aaryn was on her way to a Whataburger location when she was caught in the crossfire.
‘I’m just so angry right now,’ he shared on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, adding, ‘I go to bed around 8:30 or 9 o’clock, and I woke up to text messages.’
To make matters worse, Aaryn’s family could not be with her due to patients being isolated in the wake of the still raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Gruesome: The stand-up comedian’s daughter shared a picture of the bloodied car she was riding in when she got caught in the crossfire while at a red light
Terrifying: Aaryn Smiley, a student at Baylor University, revealed she was struck in the legs with ‘armored rifle bullets’ which are designed to penetrate ballistic armor
‘This is the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me. I won’t be out of the hospital for a while nor will I be able to walk for a while due to nerve damage,’ the teenager captioned an Instagram Story photo showing the inside of the car she was riding in covered in blood.
‘The scariest part of this is that I’m alone. They won’t let me see my parents or let anyone come in because of covid. I’m terrified.’
In another post, Aaryn revealed that her legs were struck by ‘armored rifle bullets’ designed to penetrate ballistic armor.
‘The [bullet] that would have hit me in the head was not that kind and ended up lodged in the car. God. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to be alive right now,’ she added.
All alone: Aaryn, 19, shared about how scary its been not having her family by her side due to the isolation protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Recovering: Smiley revealed that his ‘daughter made it out of her operation’ and that ‘she’s doing great!!’ later on Monday in a social media post
Later in the day, Smiley uploaded a video to YouTube, where he expressed his frustrations about gun violence and how he ‘can’t think straight’ since learning of the violent ordeal.
‘I can’t imagine what parents have to go through whose child has been killed,’ he could be heard saying in the selfie video.
According to the Houston Police Department, the occupant(s) in one of the vehicles shot three men who were at that same stop light. They all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
At last check police do not have any suspects in custody, according to USA Today.
Heartbreaking: Smiley uploaded a video to YouTube, where he expressed his frustrations about gun violence and how he ‘can’t think straight’ since learning of the violent ordeal
The aftermath: Aaryn said she won’t be able to walk for a while due to nerve damage