Police: 14-year-old shot by neighbor’s mother during altercation

Niela Coleman was shot in the upper arm

Niela Coleman was shot in the upper arm

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DENVER — A 14-year-old girl was shot in east Denver and police say her neighbor’s mom did it.

The shooting happened Sunday night after a squabble among kids in the 1100 block of Rosemary Street.

The teenage victim and her mother talked to FOX31 Denver Monday.

The girl is lucky her mom is a nurse and was able to stop the bleeding. The teen was shot in the upper arm with a pistol in a situation she says was unprovoked.

“She hit my brother and I went over there to ask her a question and she didn’t want to answer it and her mom shot me,” 14-year-old Niela Coleman says about the altercation.

Cherry Robertson, 33, was arrested following the shooting. She appeared in court Monday on charges including attempted first degree murder of a child. Police say she fired three shots at Niela Coleman, after Coleman accused Robertson’s daughter of bullying.

“When I got shot I fell. I like blacked-out for a minute and then she kept on shooting and I got up finally and I ran,” the teen says.

“I saw her arm bleed when the bullet hit her in the shoulder and she fell and she was pointing the gun at her again and Niela got up and ran,” says Kevin Collins, the victim’s brother.

“She started screaming and she came in the house. [There was a] blood trail to the back and bleeding everywhere, screaming and she just said that Cherry shot her,” Niela’s mom, Tia Collins says.

Neighbors say kids always get in minor spats in the neighborhood, and that the attack on the victim was unprovoked.

“The mother should have come to the mother instead of taking an adult, I mean taking a gun to a child. These are children out here and it does take a village to raise a child,” Tia Collins says.

The suspect was in Denver Jail Monday night on $100,000 bond.

The victim’s mother says if one of those bullets had been a couple of inches higher, her daughter could’ve been killed.

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