‘I was within an inch of dying:’ Cleveland woman recovers from drive-by shooting

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CLEVELAND-- A 20-year-old woman was sitting in  a car with friends when she became the victim of a drive-by shooting.

It happened on Jeffries Avenue on May 1 as a gunmen sprayed the car and the surrounding neighborhood with bullets. Kiera Wilson did not realize she had been shot in the head until her brother came to her aid.

"When I looked at him, he saw the big hole in my head, like 'They shot my sister in the head,'" Wilson said. "I didn't even feel it."

The young mother was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center, where doctors performed two surgeries.

"The first surgery I had to get the bullet removed out of my eye, my right eye. And then the second surgery, they had to put a bone back in my head. I've got a little metal plate screwed in my head," Wilson told FOX 8 News' Jack Shea.

Her family said it believes Kiera is the latest victim in an ongoing turf war between rival gangs on Cleveland's southeast side. Now, they are appealing for the public's help to identify the gunmen.

"So many people getting killed," Wilson said. "All of these people keep getting shot: little kids, innocent people."

"I'm blessed. I'm happy to be here with my friends and my family," she said. "They told my mother and father that I was within an inch of dying."