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9-year-old who fled shooting wants Portland leaders to enact change – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-20 01:10:02 –

Hadar Kedem wrote a speech and is ready to speak to the city council on September 22nd.

KOIN, Oregon — A 9-year-old girl said she had to hide when a bullet struck in a park in Portland in July. Now she is asking adults in the city hall to do something about gun violence.

Hadar Kedem, 9, said he was in Rose City Park with his father, siblings, and family dogs on July 3, when a sudden gunshot rang and bullets began to fly.

“I thought they were going to get together in this group and do a race or something, but instead they pulled out their guns and started shooting, and then I was really scared,” Kedem said.

She said she and her family were playing “fictitious baseball” at the time, and when they heard the gunshots, they were hiding behind a large metal box containing sporting goods.

KOIN 6 News spoke to others in the park that day, A tennis player hurt by a lost bullet.

Kedem said he remembers one father in the park thinking that fireworks were fireworks until another parent got off and told him to hide his children.

“The other dad who was there said,’No, that’s not okay. You have to hide behind the largest tree you can find. It’s a gun,” 6 or 7 years old. I was really scared of my age, “Kedem recalled.

She said perhaps the scariest moment was when she ran away trying to get home.

“A bullet was fired four to five feet from my right and it was really scary. Then I ran up with my dad, brother and dog,” she said.

Her family is not the only one recently terrorized by daytime gun violence. Two weeks ago, KOIN 6 News reported that a 3-year-old man on a scooter in front of his home in northeastern Portland was about to get involved in a shootout. Six other children were playing nearby.

“You think it’s like it’s happening in a super-rough neighborhood. In my imagination, it’s a very dark, broken window, very sketchy alley-like place, but it’s shining in the sun. It was in a park that was a normal place for many to go, “Kedem said.

She said she would talk to the Portland City Council on Wednesday. She said she had to prepare her own speech, print it out and fix it, but otherwise she’s ready to tell her story.

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