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Young girl injured in 2007 drive-by shooting dies at Oklahoma City facility

Isjanna James was shot during a drive-by shooting Feb. 26, 2007. On April 29, 2017 she passed away at an Oklahoma facility. (KOKH/FILE)

A young girl shot over 10 years ago has died at an Oklahoma City facility.

The Oklahoma City Police Department reports Isjanna McKay James, 10, passed away April 29th after a long stay with her grandmother, Garvenia James.

"I just want justice. You know, she's a child. She was 8-months-old. She wasn't doing anything to like nobody," James said.


James was just 8-months-old when she was shot during a drive-by shooting Feb. 26, 2007 in the 4200 block of NE 16 Street. Police say they responded to a shots fired call in the area on the night of the incident. Inside the residence, James was found lying in a bed suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

"I got her and go to the room and asked Chris and I said, Chris...did you hear that gunshot? He said, yea," James said. "So, all of a sudden, he looked at her and he said, she's shot. And I just panicked."

She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Her grandmother said she left OU Children's Medical Facility at the age of five. Five years later she died at her grandmother's home.

"She went to school and she communicated the best way she know how. She grew into as much as she could. She did great," James said.


James' death was determined to be due to the shooting by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office.

"The case was initially investigated by assaults detectives. Now it's being transferred by the homicide unit," said Oklahoma City Police Department Officer Travis Vernier. "So the homicide unit will read all of those old reports and essentially start the investigation over from scratch."

The shooting has remained unsolved. Police are asking for the public's help in solving the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 405-297-1111.

Her death will be considered the 20th homicide of 2017 in Oklahoma City.


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