Claire Tidwell was photographed with her family Wednesday, just two days after being shot in the leg by a security guard who tried to stop a robbery at a north Houston T-Mobile store.
Claire is using a walker to get around and will continue with physical therapy. Her mother told Eyewitness News Claire is still in pain but was excited to go home. Tuesday, she spent three hours in surgery while doctors removed the stray bullet from her left leg.
Christopher Bradley, 28, appeared in court earlier Wednesday. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in the shooting.
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The shooting happened in the 5500 block of Airline in north Houston. Authorities say Bradley, who was not in uniform, saw 18-year-old Earnest Hudson stealing an iPhone.
"I can't really say what Chris was thinking," said Sherhonda Bradley, Christopher's mother. "I just think the adrenaline was pumping really fast and he was not thinking."
Hudson ran out, triggering the alarm. Bradley confronted him outside of the store. During the confrontation, he pointed his gun at Hudson, who took off.
Bradley chased after him, firing "an unknown amount of times," prosecutors said. Bradley followed Hudson toward the right side of the McDonald's drive-thru, where Claire and her family were at the time. Claire was sitting in the back seat of her family's vehicle.
Prosecutors said Bradley "kept missing his target," but he did end up hitting Hudson several times.
Hudson was taken to the hospital, where he's expected to survive. However, Bradley also hit Claire while she was in the car.
"He's sick about it, you know? Because it was never his intention for that little girl to get a bullet in her leg," said Sherhonda. "He's not a vigilante, he's not a crazy man. Chris is a loving, caring man. He's very compassionate about life and about people."
Claire's femur was fractured, which required the surgery. She may still have serious nerve damage.
Security guard, Christopher Bradley, stands before judge. Prosecutor: Bradley saw man steal an iPhone. As suspect ran out, Bradley chased him, started shooting “an unknown amount of times.” Bradley kept “missed his target” hitting Claire Tidwell. #abc13 https://t.co/GEIAJnBUrM pic.twitter.com/rlOrEwcoqk— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) November 14, 2018
"This is going to be expensive and it's going to be long term. This is something that's not just going to be she gets out of the hospital and she's back to normal," Claire's aunt Jessica Montanez told ABC13.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Claire's expenses and recovery.
Claire's family says she's doing well and told them, "I'm going to be OK."
As for Bradley, a judge set his bond at $30,000.
Judge sets bond at $30,000 for Christopher Bradley. Bradley’s mom tells #abc13 while she’s sorry the little girl was caught in the crossfire, she thinks her son did the right thing. #abc13 https://t.co/GEIAJnBUrM pic.twitter.com/i3ypWckmI5— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) November 14, 2018
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