MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The woman hit in the head by a stray bullet while saving neighborhood children is out of the hospital and talking about that day.
Carmesha Rogers, 27, knows Monroe Avenue and she knows the violence on Monroe has escalated since she was young.
"Now a days everybody has a gun," says Rogers.
Guns that are often used to finish street fights. That's why on July 9, when a group of men began yelling in front of her sister's home, she took action.
"I am watching them off my sisters balcony and I am thinking get the kids out of the way," she recalls.
Four children, none of which were her own, were downstairs on a porch watching the men. In the seconds it took Rogers to get to the children, the men were waiving guns. Then there was gunfire.
Witnesses say Rogers pushed the children into the house and shielded them with her body.
"I just thought of kids," says Rogers.
By putting the children's safety above her own, she saved them from harm; she however was hit by one of the two dozen bullets fired that day.
Wednesday after 37 days in a hospital, Rogers walked out. "Blessed" she says because she has scars but no serious disabilities.
"I can walk straight, I can see out of both of my eyes. I can hear, I can use both of my hands," she explains. Crediting strangers, friends, and her family with providing the support needed to recover. "Pictures and cards. Family members coming up to visit me everyday."
Five men were arrested in the days following the shooting on Monroe Avenue. They face serious weapons violations including federal charges. Alex Brown died in the shooting; investigators believe he was the one who fired the shot that hit rogers.
There is a fund at PNC back set up to help Rogers with her medical bills.
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