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Don Stevenson worries his daughter, 13-year-old Samantha, will suffer lasting effects after being shot.


Don Stevenson worries his daughter, 13-year-old Samantha, will suffer lasting effects after being shot.

A 13-year-old girl shot by an apparent random shooter Saturday night is able to talk and she's taking morphine to deal with the pain of a bullet passing through her stomach.

The bullet also nicked Samantha Stevenson's liver and she's had part of her bowel removed. She cannot move one foot.

Doctors believe "my little girl" will recover but don't know if there will be lasting injuries, said her father, Don Stevenson.

"My girl's a tough kid. My kids are tough. I've been raising them alone for the past eight years," said Stevenson, a single parent who works as a heavy-equipment operator.

He got the call from one of Samantha's friends on Friday night that she'd been shot. Stevenson said he arrived before police. He said he "lost it" and started kicking the fence after the ambulance arrived.

He said he's "very angry" about what happened to his daughter around 8:30 p.m. on Stella Walk. A suspect, believed to be a man, wearing a balaclava and riding a bike, approached her and her friends, spoke briefly with them and then started shooting.

"He asked if they knew where to buy some weed, they said 'no', and then he started shooting," Stevenson said his daughter told him.

The shooter, who is "screwed in the head," can't evade justice.

"I want the same thing to happen to him," he said.

"It's crazy. It's so bad out there. I'm a single father... I'm always worried when they go out," he said of his daughter and son, 15.

He warned his daughter not to go into that area of row houses between Main Street and Salter Street, just north of Dufferin Avenue.

"She's a pretty outgoing girl. Pretty typical teenager... don't want to listen."

Stevenson hopes the wounds don't prevent her from playing sports. She and her brother were just a handful out of 33 students who recently completed a course in martial arts.

Family rushed to be by the girl's side after she was injured Saturday. She remained in the intensive-care unit on Monday.

Her father said it's unknown how long the teen will be in hospital.

"(Right now) they're trying to get her pain under control," he said.

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