‘I was thinking I was going to die’: 5-year-old girl speaks out after shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Five-year-old Winter Tate told FOX13 it was a day she’ll never forget. She was in the car with her mom and four other children at a barbershop on Park Ave. when she heard gunshots.

“I was thinking that I was going to die. I went to the doctor and I was just being brave,” said Tate.

Police said the girl’s mother Jilesa Tate and Lenora Garner got into a verbal fight outside of a barbershop on Park Ave. Shortly after the argument, shots were fired and Winter was the only person in the car hit by gunfire.

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“It came right through the baby seat and almost shot the baby too when I got shot and it went through the seat,” said Winter Tate.

There were four children in the car. Tate was shot in the back of her shoulder and the bullet came out of her arm. She was taken to Le Bonheur.

“I carried my daughter from the back seat to the back of the ambulance. The whole time she was in the back of the ambulance and I was following them, I just couldn’t imagine what was going on back there,” said Jilesa Tate.

Lenora Garner was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault, criminal attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

“I just feel for any parent that has went through or lost a child to gun violence cause I could’ve been looking at my child and trying to decide if I should pull the plug or not,” said Jilesa Tate.

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Garner is set to go to court on Nov. 2. She’s since posted bail. This family told FOX13 they’re grateful for this little girl to be able to tell her story and not be added to the record-breaking number of young children killed in Memphis in 2020.